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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.

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