Bail rejected for Newcastle eye doctor who plotted partner’s death

February 28, 2011

A King County judge on Feb. 23 denied a request by Dr. Michael Mockovak to be released from custody pending his sentencing for plotting to kill his former partner in the Clearly Lasik eye centers

NEW — 3:25 p.m. Feb. 28, 2011

The co-founder of the Clearly Lasik eye centers on Feb. 23 pleaded with a judge to deny bail for his former partner, Newcastle resident Dr. Michael Mockovak, who was convicted of targeting him in a murder-for-hire plot.

Dr. Joseph King read from an emotional three-page letter in which he urged King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson to keep Mockovak behind bars until he is sentenced on March 17.

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Police Blotter for Feb. 26

February 26, 2011

NEW — Noon Feb. 26, 2011

Car break-ins

A woman reported that her 2000 Subaru Outback had been broken into at Lake Boren Park, 13000 S.E. 84th St., between 4:20 and 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7. She reported that she had been walking her dog in the park, and she returned to find the front passenger side window smashed and her purse taken. She reported that the purse and its contents to be worth $4,000.

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See local writer’s play Feb. 25-27 in Edmonds

February 25, 2011

NEW — 11:20 a.m. Feb. 25, 2011

The Driftwood Players in Edmonds will produce Newcastle-based writer Elena Hartwell’s original play, “A Strange Disappearance of Bees,” this weekend. Shows start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St. in Edmonds. Tickets are $12.

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Crews shift focus to freezing conditions on roads

February 24, 2011

NEW — 12:50 p.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Temperatures should plummet into the teens Thursday night, raising the threat of freezing conditions on roads in Newcastle and surrounding areas.

In the city, crews are working in 12-hour shifts to keep roads clear, said Steve Roberge, interim public works director. Crews have focused on the city’s priority routes, clearing side streets as conditions allow.

He said the priority routes are clear as of Thursday afternoon.

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Meteorologists forecast snow for Newcastle in days ahead

February 22, 2011

UPDATED — 8:20 a.m. Feb. 22, 2011

Snow is on the way.

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle issued a winter storm warning for Western Washington through 10 a.m. Thursday.

Meteorologists predicted 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation in Newcastle during the daytime Wednesday. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent. The temperature is expected to reach 35 degrees.

The mercury is expected to drop to 28 degrees Wednesday night. Meteorologists predicted another 1 to 3 inches could accumulate overnight Wednesday in Newcastle and the surrounding area.

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Sponsors needed for summer meals program

February 22, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22, 2011

During the summer, many children who receive free or reduced meals from their schools do not have a stable source of food. The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Child Nutrition Services office is accepting applications for sponsors of the 2011 Summer Feeding Programs for children.

Eligible sponsors are those who operate a non-profit meal program during the summer break to children age 18 or younger. Qualified sponsors will be reimbursed for eligible meals served.

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Police blotter for Feb. 19

February 19, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19, 2011

Alleged stolen cell phone

Police responded to the Coal Creek Apartments, 6802 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., just before 9 p.m. Feb. 4 where a teenage boy allegedly stole a teenage girl’s cell phone. Police were unable to confirm that the phone was stolen.

Home burglary

A man reported that his home, in the 8600 block of 118th Avenue Southeast, was broken into between 7:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 2. He reported that his back window had been broken. He reported the stolen items to be a 46-inch LCD TV worth $1,200, a 52-inch LCD TV worth $2,300, a digital camera worth $110, a Sony Playstation 3 worth $300, a camcorder worth $350 and a portable DVD player worth $130.

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Second Newcastle Days volunteer celebration Saturday

February 17, 2011

NEW — 8 p.m. Feb. 17, 2011

Newcastle Days 2010 volunteers who missed the Jan. 13 happy hour festivities at the Golf Club at Newcastle have another chance to celebrate. Sweet Decadence, 12835 Newcastle Way, will host a happy hour from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 19.

RSVP by calling organizer John Jensen at 206-241-5774.

State of the City address / Feb. 9, 2011

February 16, 2011

Police Blotter for Feb. 14

February 14, 2011

NEW — 11:10 a.m. Feb. 14, 2011

Please leave a message

A woman reported just after 3 a.m. Jan. 21 from Newport Crossing Apartments, 7311 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., that her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend had been harassing her over the phone and cursing at her. She said she just wanted police to be aware of the situation.

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