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Courthouse watch: 6.22.09

Suspects pleading innocent in court today included a man accused of causing a crash in downtown Spokane that killed an elementary school secretary.

Jon A. Strine, who is out of jail on bond, is charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault for the June 2 crash. Read a story on the incident here.

Suspects on the first appearance docket included an accused OxyContin robber and a man charged in a bizarre carjacking and police chase that ended with the death of his girlfriend.

Lance S. Shaw, 26, apologized to Walgreens clerks Sunday when he told them he had a gun and demanded OxyContin, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Witnesses said Shaw said he didn't care if he got caught and that he needed treatment for his addiction, according to the affidavit.

But what makes Shaw's story particularly interesting is how he got caught. Read a story on that here.

Michael L. Olson, 30, (right) was due in court on charges of first-degree assault and first-degree robbery for an incident you can read about here.

A search warrant used to search a home reveals new details, including the fact that police talked to Olson's mother prior to his arrest. L

ynda Olson told police her son awoke her about 5:30 a.m., crying that his girlfriend, Amy, had died.

Read that search warrant here.

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