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Fri., March 14, 2008, 3:30 p.m.

Clifford Helm Acquitted

Jesse Tinsley/Spokesman-Review

Sandy Helm, right, listens to her husband, Clifford Helm, say a few words to the media at the Spokane County Courthouse after he was acquitted Friday in the deaths of the Shrock children in a car accident

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Clifford Helm, who blamed a medical conditon for causing an accident that killed five children, was acquitted today by a Spokane County Superior Court jury. Prosecutors argued that Helm's negligent use of a cell phone caused the tragedy. Helm, 58, faced five counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault in the Nov. 1, 2005, head-on crash north of Spokane near the intersection of Hatch Road and U.S. 395. The crash killed five children of Jeffrey and Carolyn Schrock: Carmen, 12, Jana, 10, Carrina, 8, Jerryl, 5, and Craig, 2/Spokesman-Review. More here

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.