City Council: No new county taxes to fund public safety, courts

July 15, 2010

NEW — 8 p.m. July 15, 2010

The City Council approved a resolution at its July 6 meeting to opposing possible tax increases by King County to fund public safety programs and the court system.

Although no county measures have been sent to the ballot yet, members of the County Council have discussed possible tax increases that could appear on the Nov. 2 ballot to fund these programs.

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Eye surgeon charged in murder for hire plot to face trial next January

July 15, 2010

NEW — 3:30 p.m. July 15, 2010

Newcastle eye surgeon Michael Mockovak — who pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder — will go to trial Jan. 10, 2011.

King County prosecutors said in charging papers that Mockovak, a surgeon for Clearly Lasik in Renton, sought to have his business partner, Joseph King, and former Clearly Lasik President Brad Klock killed.

After his arrest, Mockovak paid his $2 million bail. Although he remains out of prison while he awaits trial, he is prohibited from contacting King, Klock and their families.

The state Department of Health also suspended Mockovak’s medical license.