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BLACK DUST CLOSES HALL OF JUSTICE FLOOR Fifty people were evacuated from the fourth floor of the Hall of Justice on Monday after a routine ventilation repair resulted in black dust blowing through vents, said Sgt. Neville Gittens, a public affairs officer. Paramedics looked at all those evacuated, said Gittens. Four people went to the hospital complaining of burning eyes, scratchy throats and coughing. Room 475, which houses the identification records room and the warrant bureau, was completely evacuated and remained closed through the afternoon while a hazardous materials team checked the dust. Signs were posted throughout the building stating that the room was closed due to an emergency. Gittens said the office would most likely be open by the time the swing shift reported for work early Monday evening. — Jason Dearen JUDGE PLEADS TO SOLICITING CHARGE A retired Sacramento County Superior Court judge who sits on assignment in Northern California pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor for soliciting prostitution in a city park. An additional charge of indecent exposure against Judge Allen Fields, who was also the chief justice of the Supreme Court in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, was dropped in exchange for the plea. Chief Justice Ronald George runs the assignment program and will decide whether Fields will be allowed to continue serving. Although he will not formally act until he receives official notice of the case, in this “type of situation” he would not approve Fields to serve on assignment, George said through a spokeswoman. Fields, 71, served for 20 years on the Sacramento bench, retiring in 1993. He was assigned to Sacramento, Sutter, El Dorado, Amador and Calaveras counties as recently as 2002. He resigned from the Marshall Islands post after Sacramento police arrested him in a sting on Jan. 6. Fields was sentenced to three years’ probation, at least $100 in fines and was ordered to stay away from the park where he was arrested. Fields could not be reached. His attorney, Sacramento solo Christopher Wing, declined to comment. — Jeff Chorney

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