The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were among those reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Aug. 26 to Sept. 23. The incident report is listed in chronological order.
Incidents and arrests
• Prescription fraud, twice - At 9:28 a.m. Aug. 27, a 36-year-old Liberty Lake woman was arrested for prescription drug fraud at the 100 block of South Legend Tree after investigation confirmed she had been impersonating a physician and calling in prescriptions to pharmacies locally and in Spokane Valley. Nearly two weeks later on Sept. 9, officers received a call from the 1500 block of North Liberty Lake Road reporting that Bell was sitting in the drive through trying to pick up a fraudulent prescription. A few moments later, the LLPD detective received a call from the previously arrested woman reporting she had "done it again." The detective met her at her home, where she was arrested again and charged with another count of prescription forgery before being booked into the Spokane County Jail.
• Threats, twice - At 3:40 a.m. Aug. 30, LLPD was dispatched to the 1800 block of North Pepper Lane in regards to a threat. The complainant reported a male by the name of "William" had called her and said he was watching her and she should fear for her safety as he almost raped her. The complainant reported "William" said he had been watching her for close to a month and a half and had seen her cooking on the patio. Officers checked the area and were unable to locate anyone but advised the complainant to keep a phone with her at all times and contact 911 if in need of assistance. About three weeks later, at 3:44 a.m. Sept. 19, LLPD was again dispatched to the same address when the same complainant reported receiving phone calls from a male subject who said, "Tonight is the night." Then, the complainant said a male came into the business to reserve a room for the evening and tried to pay with cash, then a credit card that had expired in 1999. He was asked to leave and watched the complainant from the front door while he smoked a cigarette. When he left, she contacted the police. It is believed this is the same male from the previous calls, but because the complainant did not call police while the subject was there, no further action could be taken.
• Lawful marijuana - At 12:57 p.m. Aug. 30, LLPD took an information report from the apartment complex at the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive, where it was reported there were strong odors of marijuana coming from the garage of a resident. Officers went to the resident and verified that all paperwork and plants were in compliance with Washington state law requirements for medical marijuana grows. The resident was found to be in compliance.
• Domestic violence - At 10:33 p.m. Aug. 30, a 57-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested for domestic violence assault at the 21000 block of East Country Vista Drive. When dispatched to the scene, the man told officers an argument about him drinking when his wife returned from an AA meeting resulted in her hitting him 6-10 times and cutting his nose. The wife reported the same cause of argument and said she went into the bedroom to get away from him and call 911, and he took the phone and smashed it against the top of the dresser. She said she tried to get passed him, and he pushed her and scratched her multiple times, causing some bleeding on her chest area. She was finally able to push past him and lock herself in the bathroom, where she called 911 on her cell phone. The man then forced his way into the bathroom by slamming the door open, which caused a dent to the wall. After checking the dent in the wall, the broken phone, and the scratch that was bleeding on her chest, officers arrested the man for domestic violence assault in the fourth degree and transported him to the Spokane County Jail. When in the backseat of the patrol car, the man said, "She's dead," to which an officer said "what did you just say?" He then said, "that hurt."
• Car wash burglary - At 2:28 a.m. Sept. 4, a 35-year-old Spokane Valley man was being arrested on East Country Vista Drive for driving with a suspended license when the officer found a large quantity of quarters in his front pockets. The man explained he had just vacuumed his vehicle, but the officer noted the vehicle had not been vacuumed. The man then said his passenger/girlfriend was tired and just wanted to go home so they had not vacuumed the vehicle. Another LLPD officer arrived on scene and spoke to the passenger, who reported the man formerly worked at the car wash and had keys to the coin machine. The couple pulled up to the machine and emptied its contents, something the man had reportedly done a "couple of times." The man later admitted to stealing the money, stating he was "sorry" and just wanted to go home. He was transported to the Spokane County Jail, booked on charges of criminal trespass, theft, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
• Outhouse tipping - At 9:17 p.m. Sept. 10, LLPD received a report that a group of shirtless juveniles were pushing over outhouses at North Glenbrook and East Indiana. Upon arrival, officers were unable to locate anyone in the indicated area.
• Rock through window - At 12:45 a.m. Sept. 12, LLPD was dispatched to the 23000 block of East Mission Avenue on a report that someone had thrown a rock through a business window. Upon arrival, officers found no one outside or inside the business, but glass was strewn across the floor and a large rock was found. The owner of the business reported later in the day that the cash box was taken, though at the time there was no money in it. The owner added the window would cost $250 to replace.
• Eluding, resisting, drugs - At 7:48 a.m. Sept. 14, LLPD arrested a 32-year-old Spokane man at East Appleway Avenue and Michigan Road for a variety of charges. The officer initiated a traffic stop after learning the man had a warrant and was driving with a suspended license, the man continued in the vehicle, acknowledging he saw the officer behind him by sticking his hand out the window and flipping him off twice. The officer then initiated his emergency lights and siren, and the man continued on the roadway throwing his hands up and waving them around in the vehicle. The officer ordered him to stop using his public address system, but the man continued driving for two miles before turning into a parking lot, where he accelerated and brought his vehicle almost all the way around facing the officer. The officer drew his taser and again instructed the man to turn off his vehicle or he would get tased. The man then put the car in reverse and accelerated again backward in the parking lot. Another officer arrived at that time, and the man turned off the vehicle, but was extremely non-compliant with directives when being handcuffed, which took two officers on the ground. One of the officers went to pick up a glass pipe that the man had thrown from the window of the vehicle, and it showed positive as methamphetamine when using a field test kit. The pipe was placed in a bag as evidence. When asked why he had not complied when he saw the officer initiate a traffic stop, the man said he was looking for a good place to pull over and said he was using his index finger, not his middle finger, to point at the officer. Both officers had minor injuries after the arrest. The man complained of his shoulder hurting and medics were called, but when they arrived he refused to be looked at. He was carrying a large sum of cash in his wallet which went with him to the Spokane County Jail, where he was booked on attempt to elude a police vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, DWLS and possession/use of drug paraphernalia.
• Soliciting without license - At 4:12 p.m. Sept. 15, LLPD responded to a report near the Rocky Hill area of a man selling fruit door to door. An officer made contact and advised the man to seek a solicitor's license through City Hall.
• Domestic violence assault - At 11:54 a.m. Sept. 17, a 31-year-old Liberty Lake woman was arrested at the 1500 block of North Aladdin Road for domestic violence assault. Officers were dispatched to the location after someone called 911 and two females were heard arguing, one yelling for help. Upon arrival, an officer witnessed the woman who was later arrested standing over a female in the front yard asking the woman on the ground to let her go. It was later determined the two had been fighting over keys to a vehicle. After an investigation, the primary aggressor was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail for domestic violence.
• Stolen vehicle - At 11:04 a.m. Sept. 19, LLPD responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at the 21000 block of East Bitterroot Lane. While the officer was taking the report, another LLPD officer located the stolen vehicle at the 1800 block of North Pepper Lane. The vehicle had a key broken off in the ignition and the stereo face had been taken, which had an estimated value of $250. No other damage could be found.
• Truck difficulty in construction zone, take one - At 2:37 p.m. Sept. 19, LLPD responded to a traffic accident at North Harvard Road and East Mission Avenue. Upon arrival, it was reported a truck went through the construction zone the wrong direction in the roundabout. The driver struck the concrete curb with his wheels, causing approximately $3,000 damage to the curb. The driver continued and drove away from the scene with a flat tire and a broken wheel. The driver and vehicle were located, and a report and commercial vehicle inspection were completed.
• Truck difficulty in construction zone, take two - At 1:10 p.m. Sept. 21, LLPD responded to a report of a truck blocking the roundabout construction zone at North Harvard Road and East Mission Avenue. When officers arrived, the construction crew had already helped the truck, and officers made contact with him a short distance from the construction zone. It was reported he advised the flaggers he would not be able to manipulate his truck through the work zone, but they kept waving him through. He requested they assist him in backing up his truck. Construction workers stopped and moved traffic so the truck could back up, and in the process the truck caught its front bumper on a newly constructed concrete curb and bent the bumper forward, additionally causing damage to the concrete curb.
• Runaway 9-year-old - At 6:37 p.m. Sept. 21, LLPD was dispatched to the 23000 block of East Sinto Avenue in response to a runaway juvenile. The complainant reported her 9-year-old son had run away after getting upset with her. The boy was later located at Albertsons and returned home.
Calls for service
Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Aug. 26 to Sept. 23
Agency assist 3
Citizen assist 6
Citizen dispute 5
Disorderly conduct 1
Domestic violence 2
Family fight 1
Juvenile problem 1
Lost or found property 1
Malicious mischief 4
Message delivered 1
Not classified 5
Obstructing justice 2
Possession of drug paraphernalia 1
Property theft 1
Resisting/interfering with police 2
Suspicious person/circumstance 3
Traffic accident 7
Traffic hazard 1
Traffic offense 33
Vehicle prowl 2
Vehicle theft 1
Violation of court order 1
Welfare check 1
Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Aug. 26 to Sept. 23
Assault IV 2
Burglar tools 1
Criminal trespass 1
Defective lights 1
Defective muffler 1
Driving with wheels off road 1
Driving without license/ID 1
Expired registration 12
Failure to have seat belts 1
Failure to obey traffic control 3
Failure to signal 1
Failure to stop/yield 1
Failure to wear safety belt 1
Following too close 1
Fugitive of this state 1
Ignition interlocks 1
Improper signal 1
Liability insurance 16
Making false statement 1
Obstructing law enforcement 1
Operating vehicle with def. equip. 1
Operating violations (off road) 1
Possession of stolen property 1
Reckless driving 3
Resisting arrest 1
Texting while driving 1
Use of cell phone 1