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Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 3, 2011

THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011

Prosecutors want Sanders off cases

SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors in five Washington counties want former Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders barred from continuing to rule on cases — an effort he calls a blatant attempt to manipulate the court. Sanders (left) was narrowly defeated by Charlie Wiggins (right) in his…

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Dr. Michael Mockovak, co-founder of Clearly Lasik eye surgery centers, is escorted out of King County Court on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 in Seattle. Mockovak was found guilty of four counts, including attempted murder. The King County Superior Court jury deliberated for less than two days. Prosecutors said Mockovak was willing to pay more than $100,000 to have business partner Dr. Joseph King and former company President Brad Klock killed, and that he solicited an employee to hire an assassin.  (Erika Schultz / (AP Photo/The Seattle Times/Erika Schultz))

Eye surgeon convicted in murder plot

SEATTLE (AP) — The co-founder of a Northwest chain of eye-surgery centers has been convicted of plotting to kill his business partner. Dr. Michael Mockovak of Clearly Lasik eye centers was found guilty Thursday of four counts, including attempted murder. The King County Superior Court…

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Prison guard's family prepares for funeral

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The family of slain Monroe prison guard Jayme Biendl released a statement through police Thursday saying they are devastated by the loss. They thank law enforcement and the community for their support but don't want to talk to media. The family…

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Man sentenced for robbing credit union

A bank robber turned in by his girlfriend's mother will spend about two years in prison. Eric C. Mason, 42, was sentenced to 28 months and will be credited for 166 days served in the Spokane County Jail after pleading guilty Wednesday to second-degree robbery,…

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Officer in fatal crash to return to patrol  

The Spokane police officer involved in fatal collision with a pedestrian Sunday is scheduled to return to full patrol duty. The officer, identified Wednesday as Gordon Ennis, an eight-year veteran, has been interviewed by investigators and is scheduled to return to full patrol duty. He…

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In this photo made Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, anti-sex trade advocate Jackie Edmonds holds anti-trafficking awareness coasters that her group will ask restaurants to use near the Super Bowl site in Arlington, Texas. Cities that host the big game often attract a bustling sex trade, and this year Texas authorities and advocacy groups are stepping up their anti-prostitution efforts, especially where young girls are concerned. (Lm Otero /  (AP Photo/LM Otero))

Child prostitution concerns at Super Bowl 

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — As thousands of football fans descend on Texas for Sunday's Super Bowl, law enforcement agencies are keeping watch for a different kind of out-of-town visitor: pimps selling children for sex. Cities that host the big game often attract a bustling sex…

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