The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were among those reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Dec. 16 to Jan. 21. The incident report is listed in chronological order.
Incidents and arrests
• Obscuring a license plate - At 3:17 p.m. Dec. 17, LLPD received report of a male subject covering his license plate with dirt in a parking lot at the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road. An officer arrived on scene, parked and then witnessed the man walk out of a business, grab a handful of dirt and purposefully obstruct the plate of the vehicle with it. The LLPD police detective contacted the male, who said he was sure his registration was expired, though after checking it was found to be in order. The male consented to a search of the van, and nothing was found. The driver then left, and radio informed the detective the van was wanted in a child abduction case out of Nevada. The subject was pulled over again a short distance away and questioned regarding the abduction. The man said he purchased the van for $200 from a man named "Bill" as he walked down the street in Redding, Calif. LLPD forwarded the information as well as pictures to the Nevada detective handling the case for follow up.
• Burglary arrest - At 5:30 a.m. Dec. 22, LLPD arrested two men in connection to burglary on an RV lot. Police came across one of the men lying on the ground near the passenger side of a vehicle as the officer pulled up, and this man was taken into custody after police made contact and the man alluded to a friend being inside the RV lot burglarizing RVs. Another officer arrived on scene, and police entered the lot and found a second man inside an RV, who hid a guy he was armed with in a bathroom before showing his hands and being arrested without incident. Both men were booked in the Spokane County Jail on burglary and criminal conspiracy charges.
• Vandalism - At 8:47 a.m. Dec. 29, LLPD observed property damage and vandalism along a fenceline at the 24000 block of East Country Vista Drive. Fence slats had been pushed or kicked in, and the letters "OFWGKTA" with a cross at the end were spraypainted on a portion of the fence. Photographs were taken for the report.
• Domestic violence assault - LLPD officers arrested a 44-year-old Newman Lake man at 1:13 a.m. Jan. 5 after assisting the Spokane County Sheriff's Office on a call at the 4900 block of North Malta Street in Newman Lake. Upon arrival, officers contacted a victim who had called in the domestic violence assault. She reported her husband was highly intoxicated and had palced her in a headlock. She wasn't intoxicated and managed to flip him over onto the deck, where he struck his head. Both parties were injured, and the man fought officers before being taken into custody and transported to the Spokane County Jail, where he was charged with fourth degree assault, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.
• Abandoned vehicle - At 3:51 p.m. Jan. 8, LLPD received a call from the 1500 block of North Aladdin Road in regards to an abandoned vehicle. The caller thought the vehicle may have been stolen as it had been parked in front of his residence for a week with the windows down, and it had since snowed. After running the license plate provided, the vehicle was found to be clear. However, when an officer arrived at the vehicle's location, he ran the VIN and found it was indeed stolen out of Spokane. The registered owner was contacted.
• Domestic violence - A 53-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested at 10:16 a.m. Jan. 9 at the 22000 block of East Appleway Avenue for domestic violence assault. A complainant called 911 after witnessing a man strike a woman in the back of the head with a closed fist at the Zip Trip gas station. Officers located the residence using the vehicle plate number given them and arrived to question both parties involved. The man reported becoming upset with his wife when he thought she lost the car keys at the pump. He was transported to the Spokane County Jail, where he was booked for fourth degree assault.
• Suspicious circumstance - At 8:39 p.m. Jan. 11, LLPD was dispatched to the 23000 block of East Riverside Avenue for a suspicious person/circumstance. A complainant reported a group of individuals walking through his yard with flashlights. Officers arrived and spoke to the subjects, who said one of them had opened their wallet, and $400 had blown away in the wind. They were searching for the funds in the yard.
• Eluding police - A 21-year-old man was arrested at 1:35 a.m. Jan. 15 by LLPD at Salmon River Lane and Holiday Lane. Officers initiated a traffic stop of the man's vehicle after a call was received indicating the vehicle may be stolen. He eluded officers until coming to a stop at a dead end, at which point both the man and a passenger took off on foot. A K9 unit was called and was able to track down the man, who was taken to a medical facility for injuries occurring from contact with the K9. He was later taken to the Spokane County Jail where he was booked for eluding, possession of methamphetamine, and resisting arrest. The vehicle was impounded as evidence, and a small bag of methamphetamine found outside the vehicle next to the man's phone was also taken into evidence. The car was scheduled to be searched after a warrant was obtained. Police were reviewing video surveillance taken from a local business to attempt to identify and then locate the passenger.
• Theft - At 7:14 p.m. Jan. 16, LLPD responded to the 1500 block of North Liberty Lake Road for a theft. A complainant reported a female subject entered the store and placed an item in her cart that cost approximately $108.69. The subject continued to shop and then went to the register and tried to return the item, claiming to have no receipt. She was given an in-store credit which was applied to the remainder of her purchase. This matter is currently under investigation.
• Shoplifting chicken gizzards - At 7:13 p.m. Jan. 19, LLPD responded to the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road for a shoplifter. Upon arrival, the officer was advised a male subject had walked around the store eating a $2.47 bag of chicken gizzards. When the subject had finished the gizzards, he threw the empty bag in the trash and proceeded to walk out of the store. When the manager detained the subject, he said he had just forgotten to pay and was displeased with the treatment he was receiving by store staff. The subject was trespassed from the store per the manager's request.
Calls for service
Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Dec. 16-Jan.21
Animal problem 1
Citizen assist 3
Citizen dispute 2
Commercial vehicle inspection 17
Deceased person 1
Domestic violence 2
Drug possession 2
Impounded vehicle 1
Juvenile problem 1
Lost or found property 1
Malicious mischief 4
Property theft 7
Recovered stolen property 1
Suspicious person/circumstance 10
Traffic offense 22
Vehicle prowl 1
Vehicle theft 1
Welfare check 5
Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Dec. 16-Jan.21
Defective muffler 4
Driving without license/ID 3
Driving without lights when req. 1
Expired registration 17
Fail to stop at stop sign 1
Failure to wear safety belt 1
Liability insurance 18
License in possession/display 1
Negligent driving 2
Obstructing law enforcement 1
Resisting arrest 1
Speeding in school zone 1
Use of cell phone 4
Violating intermediate license 1