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Briefs: Sept. 23

September 23, 2009, 12:00 am

Crime Surge: Including the death of hair stylist Gilbert Roybal, the Santa Fe Police Department filed 39 incident reports for disturbances in the downtown area during the
Sept. 10-13 Fiesta week.

According to SFPD records, the incidents included nine cases of disorderly conduct, five cases of assault and battery, three car break-ins and a single count of indecent exposure.

Establishments that saw “disorderly conduct” over the long weekend included: Milagro 139, El Paseo, Fusion, Hotel Plaza Real and the Allsup’s convenience store at the corner of Guadalupe Street and Paseo de Peralta. Disorderly conduct busts were also made twice on Burro Alley.

As for vehicle crime, police investigated a car theft and a car break-in at DeVargas Mall, as well as break-ins at A la Mesa restaurant and outside Ecco Espresso & Gelato on Marcy Street.

All in all, it was enough to keep Santa Fe’s police force busy: The 39 reports were filed by 38 different police officers.

Crime Purge: Busted for disorderly conduct during Fiestas 1983? Sued for breach of contract in 1978? Filed for child support in 1992?

If you were a party to a case in First Judicial District Court between 1974 and 1993, your attorney has until Oct. 30 to pick up the exhibits you entered into the record from the court’s Special Services Division.

After that, according to the Court Clerk’s Office, the evidence will be destroyed by “witnessed shredding” and then either pulped or macerated by a bonded document destroyer.

Crime Merge: One rare argument against the death penalty is that it encourages serial killers to use hidden bodies as bargaining chips.

Over the Sept. 19 weekend, New Mexico became party to a similar deal with Joel Patrick Courtney, who truTV has placed in the “sexual predator” category of its serial killer database. Courtney was facing a possible death sentence for the murder of a Brigham Young University student in Oregon, but received a life sentence in exchange for leading investigators to the student’s body. As part of the deal, Courtney will be allowed to serve the remaining 13 years of his 18-year prison sentence for an unrelated kidnapping and rape here in New Mexico before being transferred to Oregon custody.

In a press release, Gov. Bill Richardson said his decision to sign the compact with Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski that allows the prisoner transfer was based on the victim’s family’s need for closure.

According to the New Mexico Corrections Department’s offender database, Courtney is held at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility, 30 miles outside of Albuquerque.


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