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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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Courthouse watch: 5.26.09

The first appearance docket was packed in Spokane County Superior Court today. Nearly everyone arrested on felony charges in Spokane County this weekend was due to appear, and a court clerk counted 55 names just before the appearances began at 1:30 p.m.

Last on the list of in-custody appearances was Terry Lee Thomas, 53.

Thomas was arrested in Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane Sunday afternoon after witnesses told police he'd sexually assaulted a woman.

Judge Ellen Kalama Clark set his bail at $100,000 for one count of second-degree rape. The probable cause affidavit filed in court shows the 27-year-old victim told police she'd been drinking beer with Thomas when he took off her pants and performed oral sex on her without her consent.

Hundreds of people were in the park at the time, and several were listed as witnesses in the court papers.

Thomas heard his charge and had his bail set at the end of the day - three and a half hours after first appearances began.

Other news makers appearing before Clark today included Michael D. Templet.

Templet is charged with second-degree robbery, possession of a controlled substance and harassment - threats to kill following an alleged incident at the Divine’s 76 station at Second Avenue and Walnut Street. Clark set Templet's bail at $25,000.

Templet and Thomas have arraignments scheduled for June 9.

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