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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Sirens & Gavels

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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