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Courthouse watch: 7.27.09

Suspects listed on today’s court docket included a man accused of a jewelry scam.

Christopher M. Lancaster, 26, was charged in February after police raided Clocktower Jewelry in January, where they say Lancaster was selling jewelry he’d stolen from Dodson Jewelry, where he’d work since July 2008.

According to a probable cause affidavit, another jewelry store employee told Dodson’s owner John Fix that she saw Lancaster selling jewelry at Clock Tower and telling the employee it was from “a defunct family jewelry store.”

No family store ever existed, police say.

Fix estimated he was missing more than $50,000 in jewelry, according to the affidavit.
A Clock Tower employee told police Lancaster had sold about $18,000 worth of jewelry at the store since September.

Lancaster, who is represented by Senit Lutgen, had an omnibus hearing scheduled today.

Courthouse watch: 6.9.09

A woman who tried to escape from the Pine Lodge Corrections Center in Medical Lake was sentenced to two months in prison today.

Chelsea A. Lawhead will serve the time concurrently with her existing sentence, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Harold Clarke ruled.

Lawhead, 19, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted escape for the Feb 17. incident.

Read a previous blog post about the case here.

Also on today’s docket was Derick D. Taylor, 29, who’s accused of a March home intrusion in which his alleged accomplice was shot in the stomach.

Taylor had an omnibus hearing today on charges of first-degree kidnapping, burglary, assault and two counts of robbery. Mark Cipolla is prosecuting the case, Public Defender Karie Reardon represents Taylor, who remains in Spokane County Jail on $250,000.

Read a story about his case here.

A man accused of stealing puppies from a pet store was scheduled to plead innocent in court today.

Donald G. Olson, 37, is in the Geiger Confinement Program on $5,000 bond.

He’s charged with second-degree theft, second-degree trafficking and stolen property and first-degree trafficking in stolen property for an alleged incident May 27.

Read a blog post about the case here.

Courthouse watch: 6.3.09

Suspects on today’s court docket included a man accused of a brazen residential burglary that was foiled when a neighbor called 911.

Wendall D. Bagley, 24, and his brother, Joe M. Bagley, 23, were arrested last April after a stolen truck smashed a through a fence in Spokane Valley neighborhood, news archives show.

Police arrested Wendall Bagley that day, but Joe wasn’t found until two days later. Wendall charged with residential burglary, first-degree theft, theft of a motor vehicle and attempting to elude a police vehicle.

Court papers show the elder Bagley drove the burglary victim’s truck from the home in the 14100 block of East Mission Avenue, then crashed through a fence at 21st Avenue and Becker Court before being arrested after a brief foot chase.

Read a brief about the case here.

Wendall Bagley had an omnibus hearing today. Court records show his younger brother pleaded guilty to similar charges this week. I’ll pull the documents on that tomorrow.

First appearances today include Jon Strine, accused of a vehicular homicide for a car-motorcycle crash in downtown Spokane.

Read a story on the crash here, and check back tonight for an update on the case.

Suspects scheduled to plead innocent today included former Crime Stoppers fugitive Dmitry Stepanov, who’s accused of stealing and pawning vehicle GPS devices, court papers show.

Stepanov was featured in the inaugural addition of Courthouse watch here.

Courthouse watch: 5.28.09

Suspects appearing on the Spokane County Superior Court docket today included a woman who claimed she’d ingested methamphetamine from another inmate before trying to escape from prison and a man arrested for stealing two puppies from a pet store.

Chelsea A. Lawhead, 19, is charged with first degree attempted escape after an incident Feb. 17 at the Pine Lodge Corrections Center in Medical Lake.

Lawhead climbed out a window and unsuccessfully tried scaling the fence about 10:30 a.m. before tossing her shoes over it, then scaling it again and putting her prison coat over the barbed wire at the top of the fence, according to a summary of facts from the Washington State Patrol.

Lawhead became entangled in the barbed wire and fell back into the prison courtyard before running back to her cell, where prison guards found her bloody from “numerous” cuts, according to WSP.

During an interview with a corrections supervisor, Lawhead said she’d taken methamphetamine the day before from another inmate.

“Lawhead stated she began to feel “weird” the next day and anxious to leave,” according to the summary of facts. “Lawhead stated she decided she was going to try to escape. Lawhead then explained the manner in which she attempted to escape.” Lawhead is being held without bond in Spokane County Jail.

Lawhead is represented by Carol Huneke, records show. She had an omnibus hearing scheduled today.

Along with Casey D. Beckham, a Spokane man accused to stealing two puppies from a pet store had his first appearance today before Judge Ellen Kalama Clark.

Donald G. Olson, 37, was arrested Wednesday after the store manager at Northwest Seed and Pet called Crime Check and said a man had walked off with two nine-week-old Cocker Spaniel puppies valued at $400 each, according to court papers.

He tried selling the dogs to a woman playing bingo at a bingo hall on East Sprague Avenue before police nabbed him, witnesses told police. His bond was set at $5,000.

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