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Posted: Monday, January 24, 2005

Man gets 35 years for attempted murder

JUNEAU (AP) — A Juneau man convicted of the brutal attempted murder of a cab driver could spend the next 35 years in prison.

Friday, Aaron St. Clair was sentenced to 50 years in prison with 15 suspended.

St. Clair pleaded guilty Oct. 22. As part of the plea deal, other charges in the indictment were dismissed.

The attack occurred Jan. 7, 2004 outside a motel in Juneau's Mendenhall Valley.

Police said St. Clair's wife, Violet, called for the cab and sat in the front seat next to driver Eric Drake.

From the back seat, Aaron St. Clair attacked Drake, stabbing him and slashing his throat. The St. Clairs fled the attack on foot with $60 from Drake's wallet, according to police.

Appeals Court halts

one-armed driver

BANDON, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled against a one-armed man who wanted to drive his logging truck without a prosthesis.

The state Department of Transportation pulled Scott Cook's driver's license almost five years ago when it discovered he was driving without a prosthetic arm, as required by federal law.

Cook, 46, of Bandon, Ore., said he doesn't need a prosthesis and that it would hinder his driving. He sued the state. The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed an earlier decision that the department has the right to make its own rules and exceptions as they apply to Oregon drivers.

Cook had driven the log truck in Alaska and Oregon for nearly 20 years without an accident.

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