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Courts

  • On The Docket 02-26-14

    Feb. 21

    Tonya Males was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of three counts of failure to appear/failure to pay and one count of failure to appear. She was fined $200 and ordered to pay $284 in court costs.

    Rosemary A. Perez-Ayapan was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of not having car insurance, three counts of failure to appear, one count of failure to pay and one count of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. She was fined $746 and ordered to pay $422 in court costs. She also had her license suspended.

    Leslie Duncan was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired license plate while parked. Defendant was fined $25.

    Lianyi He 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. 20

    James D. Bourguet was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $15 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Nancy E. Krantz 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.
    Feb. 21

  • Victims express disbelief

    Shortly after the verdict was read, Robert Pfaff leaned forward in his seat, put his head in his hands and just sat there in silence for a few minutes. Pfaff, along with at least four other victims of convicted burglar Aaron Nguyen, couldn’t believe what they just heard.
    Nguyen, who is currently serving five years of supervised probation for burglarizing his neighbors’ homes in 2012, will get no jail time for violating the terms of his probation.
    District Court judge Sheri Raphaelson instead took defense attorney Steve Aarons’ account of Nguyen’s progress in dealing with his bipolar disorder since the violation, and simply ordered Nguyen to keep making progress. She also resumed his probation with no time added. Consequences for violating his probation could have included up to 50 years in prison.
    During the part of the hearing where the victims were allowed to speak about how Nguyen’s crimes affected them, Pfaff and others had plenty to say.

  • On The Docket 02-19-14

    Court items are derived from Los Alamos Magistrate and Muncipal Court records.
    Feb. 12

    Terry F. Bott was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit. The defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Feb. 13

    Cheryl Ammann was cited by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of causing a nuisance and failing to appear in court (non-traffic). Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $120 in court costs.

    Eric C Jinzo was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 6 to 10 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was ordered to pay $60 in court costs, and to attend defensive driving school. Sentencing deferred until April 13.

    Bradford T. McKnown was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 6 to 10 mph over the speed limit and not having a valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $100 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs.

    Victoria T. Lovato was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of not having proper car insurance for her vehicle. Defendant was fined $100 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Feb. 14

    Rulan Ke was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of improper stopping, standing or parking. Defendant was fined $50.
    Feb. 18

  • Meth cases head to district court

    Separate suspects involved in separate meth busts will be appearing in district court soon, after Magistrate Judge Pat Casados ruled last week the cases should go to district court.
    Known as “probable cause” hearings, the hearings are designed to determine if there’s probable cause enough to have their cases tried in district court. If no cause is found, the charges are dropped.
    The suspects that were tried last week were Daniel Hoth, Rowena MacDonald and Alan Houle.
    Casados also ruled that suspects Hoth and MacDonald will be tried together, as they were allegedly connected through an alleged drug dealer named Barry Simmons, from Albuquerque, who allegedly came to White Rock to do a meth deal. Hoth was allegedly the driver for the dealer and MacDonald allegedly aided Simmons by letting him stash the remainder of his drugs at her house at 76 Isleta Court.
    While Hoth and Simmons were trying to find a buyer for some crystal meth last November, Simmons had some stored at MacDonald’s house.

  • 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.