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Police Report
2/27/2013 3:34:24 PM

LLPD hires new records clerk
Sakti Hiatt of Liberty Lake was hired recently to serve as police records clerk and office manager for the Liberty Lake Police Department. She replaces Bobbi Anderson, who is resigning after six years serving the department.

"(Bobbi's) going to be greatly missed," Police Chief Brian Asmus said. "She's an incredible resource for us here, and she has some great people skills that have been able to diffuse some pretty volatile situations."
Hiatt, who will leave her job with Spokane County, comes to LLPD with office management experience and a degree in criminal justice, Asmus said. Her first day on the job will be March 7.

The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were among those reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department between Jan. 28 and Feb. 25.

Incidents and arrests
Stolen vehicle - At 11 a.m. Jan. 28, LLPD received a report of a stolen vehicle from the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive. The complainant stated his car was taken from the parking lot while he was at work. Police determined the vehicle had been impounded by SPD and was at a tow lot. The complainant was provided the information on the location and how to retrieve his vehicle.

Credit card fraud - At 4:50 p.m. Jan. 30, LLPD received a report at the 23000 block of East Riverside Avenue regarding several unauthorized charges to a debit card. Approximately 10 unauthorized charges were made online between Dec. 4-5 at for a total amount of $483. All the items purchased were mailed out of state.


Drug, weapons arrests - A 29-year-old Spokane Valley man was arrested for possessing methamphetamine and a 42-year-old Airway Heights man was arrested on two counts of possessing dangerous weapons after the pair were stopped by LLPD at 1:50 p.m. Jan. 31. The contact was initially made for a traffic and equipment violation. While the vehicle was being stopped, the officer observed a great deal of movement within in the vehicle and saw the driver hand an object to the passenger. The driver got out of the vehicle, and the officer noticed a knife on the right side of his belt. The subject was detained, and the officer recovered a large knife, brass knuckles, a pocket knife and a third knife and handcuff key on a lanyard around his neck, leading him to be arrested for dangerous weapons. Officers also located a plastic bag in the driver's pocket that contained a white powder substance. The suspect stated it was "salts." The powder did not test positive for methamphetamine but was seized and sent to the crime lab for analysis. The passenger was detained, and officers recovered a pocket knife from him as well as a glass smoking device containing residue. The residue was tested and returned positive for the presence of methamphetamine. The suspect told officers he smoked meth a couple of hours prior to being contacted. Both subjects were booked into the Spokane County Jail.

Domestic violence arrest - A 41-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in Athol, Idaho, for an incident that occurred at 6:45 A.M. at the 21000 block of East Rockrose Lane. The charges included domestic violence, first degree robbery, taking a motor vehicle without permission and fourth-degree assault. Officers were dispatched to an assault at the address, and the complainant reported her son had hit her and took the keys to her vehicle and was leaving the apartment complex. Officers and deputies checked the surrounding area and could not locate the suspect immediately. The car was entered into the system as stolen, and a regional attempt to locate for the suspect was dispatched. At 3:45 p.m., LLPD was notified the suspect had turned himself in to police in Athol. The vehicle was recovered, and the suspect was booked into Kootenai County Jail.

Mail thefts - At 12:45 a.m. Jan. 31, LLPD assisted the Spokane County Sheriff's Office on a traffic stop of a vehicle involved in several mail thefts in the area of the 1500 block of South Garry Road. The deputy contacted the driver and located several hypodermic syringes, one of which contained an unknown liquid suspected of being a controlled substance. The passenger was detained by LLPD. The passenger admitted to being with the driver throughout the night and driving around the Liberty Lake area removing mail from several mailboxes. The case weas turned over to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Suspicious person not really suspicious - At 6:30 a.m. Feb. 1, LLPD was dispatched to a suspicious circumstances call at the 200 block of North Lindeblad Lane. A neighbor reported seeing an unknown person with a flashlight walking around the home next door, and the door to the home appeared to be tampered with. Officers contacted the homeowners and learned that the homeowner walked out with a flashlight to get the newspaper.

Malicious mischief at MeadowWood - At 9:15 a.m. Feb. 4, LLPD received report of a malicious mischief incident at MeadowWood Golf Course. The complainant stated that damage found on the eighth-hole fairway appeared like someone was doing donuts in a vehicle on the grass. Investigating officers learned a resident who lives along the fairway witnessed the incident and took video of the subject doing the damage to the course. It appeared an older Ford Bronco was responsible for the damage, which occurred around the first of the year.

Domestic violence arrest - A 23-year-old Spokane Valley man was arrested at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 5 at the 25000 block of East Hawkstone Loop for a violation of a domestic violence no contact order. Officers were dispatched after a tenant reported to the manager of the complex of a possible domestic violence situation at one of the apartments. The complainant provided a vehicle description associated with the call. As officers arrived, they observed the vehicle leaving the parking area with three people. During the investigation, it was determined no assault occurred, however, the arrested man was in violation of a domestic violence no contact order by being in a vehicle with the protected person. He was transported to the Spokane County Jail.

Domestic violence arrest - A 42-year-old Liberty Lake woman was arrested at 2:40 a.m. Feb. 9 at the 1300 block of North Simpson Road for domestic violence assault and malicious mischief. Officers were dispatched to the residence for a physical fight between husband and wife. Officers learned that during an argument, the wife threw food at the husband, hitting him in the face, then grabbed a Pyrex glass dish and broke it on the floor. The husband went to bed, and the suspect followed him and assaulted him by hitting him in the face and chest and biting his ear. She was booked into the Spokane County Jail.

Drug arrests - Two juvenile boys from Spokane Valley, ages 16 and 17, were arrested at 12:15 a.m. Feb. 9 in the parking lot of Liberty Lake Elementary School for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. While on patrol, the officer stopped a vehicle he observed driving in the parking lot of the school without any headlights. During the contact, the officer could smell a strong odor of marijuana. When asked, the driver stated they had all been smoking marijuana and that there was a "bong" on the floorboard of the vehicle. The driver told the officer they were smoking at a friend's house. There were a total of four people in the vehicle. Officers obtained consent to search the vehicle and recovered the "bong" and found a second smoking device in the vehicle. After the investigation, it was determined that two of the subjects claimed possession of the items found in the vehicle. Guardians were called for all the subjects in the car, and they arrived on scene and picked them up. Charges have been filed with juvenile court on two of the subjects.

Stolen license plate - At 3:50 p.m. Feb. 11, LLPD received a report of a theft at the STA Park and Ride at the 22400 block of East Mission. The complainant reported that the front license plate from her vehicle was taken while her car was parked in the lot Feb. 7. The license plate was entered into the system as stolen.

Wallet found - At 4 p.m. Feb. 12, a citizen turned in a found wallet to LLPD, and the officer was able to contact the owner and make arrangements for the wallet to be picked up.

Mail theft - At 12:40 p.m. Feb. 15, LLPD received a report of packages being removed from the front porch of a home at the 1800 block of North Aladdin Road between Feb. 13-15.

Reckless driving - At 2:45 p.m. Feb. 17, a 29-year-old Greenacres man was arrested at the 20500 block of East Mission for reckless driving and DWLS. The driver was stopped for traveling 85 mph in a 35 mph zone. The suspect told the officer he thought he was travelling 100 MPH and that he did not have a license. It was determined his license was suspended.

Burglary - At 9:15 p.m. Feb. 19, LLPD was dispatched to the 1400 block of North Aladdin Road for a burglary report. The complainant stated she noticed someone had broken into her garage Feb. 12, but nothing appeared to be missing. But on Feb. 19, the complainant was cleaning the garage and noticed several items missing, including cooking hardware and tools. The case was assigned to Det. Ray Bourgeois.

Warrant arrest - A 24-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested at 3:40 p.m. Feb. 19 at the 1600 block of North Aladdin Road for an outstanding felony bench warrant for burglary.

Mail theft - At 9:15 a.m. Feb. 21, LLPD received a report of a theft at the 1200 block of North Murray Lane. The complainant stated he was supposed to receive two packages from FedEx on Feb. 19, but they did not arrive. He received a phone call that two empty FedEx boxes with his name on it were located in Spokane and contacted FedEx, who told him the packages were delivered to his address at 10 a.m. Feb. 19.

Domestic violence arrest - A 55-year-old Liberty Lake woman was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the 21200 block of East Country Vista Drive for domestic violence assault. Police Chief Brian Asmus said that under the "letter of the law with domestic violence, it was a mandatory arrest," but the charges will be dropped. He said the woman assaulted her adult daughter, who allegedly had been stealing items from her mother and pawning them for money, as well as draining the mother's banking and retirement accounts of thousands of dollars. Asmus said charges of possessing stolen property and trafficking stolen property are being pursued against the daughter.

Possession of a stolen vehicle - A 44-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 23 at the 1500 block of North Hodges Road for possession of a stolen vehicle and DWLS. While on patrol, the on-duty officer observed a vehicle pulled over onto the shoulder of the roadway on East Mission with a subject inside of the vehicle. The officer ran the license plate, and the vehicle returned as stolen out of the city of Spokane. The suspect vehicle pulled back onto Mission and began driving westbound after the officer drove past. The officer got behind the vehicle and the vehicle pulled into a driveway on Hodges Road. The driver got out of the vehicle and walked out into the roadway, where he was detained for possession of a stolen vehicle. The man told the officer he purchased the vehicle the day before from a person named "Ray" or "Roy" but did not know his last name. He said he paid $100 toward the $500 price and was supposed to give "Ray" the $400 some other time. The suspect could not provide a bill of sale and did not have keys to the vehicle and told officers he had to touch the battery cables together to start the vehicle. He was taken into custody, and the owner of the vehicle was contacted to retrieve the vehicle. However, the owner of the vehicle also had a suspended license so the vehicle was towed.

Calls for service
Agency assist 7
Alarm 10
Animal problem 2
Burglary 2
Citizen assist 3
Citizen dispute 3
Deceased person 1
Domestic violence 3
Drug possession 1
Family fight 1
Fraud 2
Fugitive 2
Juvenile problem 2
Juvenile runaway 1
Lost or found property 2
Malicious mischief 3
Property theft 5
Recovered stolen vehicle 2
Suspicion 1
Suspicious person/circumstance 9
Traffic accident 5
Traffic offense 34
Vehicle prowl 1
Vehicle theft 2
Violation of a court order 1
Welfare check 5

Assault IV 2
Attach plate to vehicle 2
Defective muffler 6
Defective taillight 1
Driving without license/ID 4
Failure to have seat belts 1
Failure to signal 2
Failure to stop at stop sign 3
Failure to use child restraint 1
Failure to wear safety belt 1
Failure to yield left turn 1
Ignition interlocks 1
Improper pass at curve 1
Improper signal 1
Liability insurance 31
Licenses and plates required 13
License in possession/display 2
Malicious mischief 1
Minor operating vehicle after alcohol 1
No splash aprons/fenders 1
Parking in handicapped zone 1
Physical control 1
Possession of dangerous weapon 1
Possession of drug paraphernalia 1
Prohibited turn 1
Reckless driving 1
Reckless endangerment 1
Refusal to give info to police 1
Speeding 27
Use of cell phone 4
Violation of protection order 1