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Police Report

The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were among those reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department between Nov. 18 and Dec. 16. The incident report is listed in chronological order. 

Incidents and arrests
Intoxicated parent - At 3:20 p.m. Nov. 22, LLPD was dispatched to the 22000 block of East Wellesley to assist another agency with a report of an intoxicated person trying to pick up their child late from the childcare facility. Officers spoke with the subject, who was taken to Spokane Detox. The child was placed in state custody for the time being.

Drug arrest - A 31-year-old Spokane Valley man was arrested at the 19000 block of East Cataldo at 11:44 a.m. Nov. 24 on an escape warrant from the Department of Corrections as well as for possession of methamphetamine. He was originally approached by officers responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the location's parking lot. After the man was placed under arrest for the escape warrant, a search of his person turned up the methamphetamine. He was booked into Spokane County Jail on both charges. 

Stolen Polaris - At 10:18 a.m. Nov. 25, LLPD responded to the 19000 block of East Broadway on a report that a 2014 Polaris Razer 900 XP was stolen from the parking lot at 4:53 p.m. Nov. 13. The vehicle was on display has an estimated value of $17,794. The case was given to the detective to investigate.  

Eluding suspect - A 23-year-old Spokane man was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 25 after police picked up a chase from Post Falls, where the suspect had failed to pull over when police there initiated a traffic stop. LLPD pursued the suspect into Washington, and he lost control of his vehicle after jumping the curb and hitting a street sign on Country Vista. LLPD officers ordered the man out of his car at gunpoint and placed him in custody. When asked why he didn't stop, the man apologized and said he didn't want to go back to jail. He had been arrested a few days earlier in Spokane on burglary charges. He also reported he had just purchased the vehicle and did not have a driver's license. He was booked into jail for felony eluding and reckless driving. A citation for speeding, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, no valid operator's license with ID and failure to stop at a stop sign were also given to him. 

Fraud - At 11:08 a.m. Nov. 27, LLPD responded to a report of fraud at the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive. A complainant reported receiving a call from an individual who claimed she had been awarded an $8,000 grant. As she had recently applied for an online grant, she assumed she had been awarded one. The caller said the funds could be released after wiring $270 to a provided phone number. After doing so, she received another call from a different individual claiming to be from the Federal Reserve Bank who advised an additional $680 would need to be wired to another number in order to have the funds released to her account the next day. She again sent the money. The next morning when funds had not been disbursed, she contacted the Federal Reserve Bank, who confirmed she was the victim of a scam. A report was filed with the Social Security Administration and her banking institution. 

Bike stolen - At 9:40 a.m. Dec. 1, LLPD responded to the 1800 block of North Wolfe Penn St. for a report of burglary/theft. The complainant reported opening her garage door in the mornings while her care warms up, and at some point in the past three to four days, her bicycle had been stolen from inside the garage. The bike is estimated at $3,000. 

Phone stolen - At 1:14 a.m. Dec. 2, LLPD was dispatched to North Swing and East Country Vista Drive for a report of stolen property. The complainant reported losing her phone the previous day while on Mt. Spokane and, after checking her "Find My iPhone" application, located the phone at a local residence. An officer arrived at the residence and was told by a subject that he had found the phone and was trying to locate the owner using the associated iTunes account. The phone was returned to the complainant, who reported it had been wiped clean of all her information and looked as though someone had tried setting it up for personal use. 

Trailer stolen, then returned - At 9:41 a.m. Dec. 2, LLPD was dispatched to East Nora and North Willamette for a vehicle theft. A complainant reported that a trailer he owned was returned to a storage facility after being hauled away by an unknown subject sometime over the weekend. A witness who saw the trailer being returned called the complainant, thinking it odd since it had been sitting so long in storage. The trailer was not used much as it was full of household items. The complainant believes that's why the trailer was returned - it did not contain what the prospective thief was hoping for, such as a motorcycle. He pointed out that a logo on the trailer reads, "Hard Rock Racing." 

Car vs. apartment complex - At 3:55 p.m. Dec. 8, LLPD was dispatched to the 24000 block of East Hawkstone Loop for an accident in which a vehicle had struck the apartment building. The driver reported that while trying to park the vehicle, she hit the accelerator instead of the brake, causing the vehicle to move forward into the apartment. There was no one inside the apartment when the vehicle struck; however, the driver was transported to the hospital for back, neck and chest pain. 

Burglary - At 10:37 a.m. Dec. 9, LLPD received a report of a burglary at the 19000 block of East Cataldo. The detective observed damage to an RV, which was missing two flat-screen televisions that were pried from their mounts with kitchen knives. There was also damage to several compartment doors and the dash, where it appeared subjects had attempted to remove the stereo. Video of the incident was being procured at the time for further investigation. 

Citizen assist - At 11:48 p.m. Dec. 12, LLPD was dispatched to the 23000 block of East Appleway Avenue, where an elderly man was located walking down the roadway. The man had been stopped by three women, who were concerned as he was only wearing a sweatshirt and no coat in the snowy conditions. The man was confused and reported living near the South Hill in the Palouse Highway area and that he was on his way to mail a package at the post office. When officers arrived, they noted he did not have a package, only an apple in his pocket. After speaking to him at great length, they determined he was confused and offered to transport him to an area hospital. The man agreed, and LLPD left him in the care of medical staff. 

Attempted theft - At 1:15 p.m. Dec. 13, LLPD responded to the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road for an attempted theft. Two males and a female reportedly entered the store, and one of the males began shopping while the other two cashed in a gift card at the customer service desk. When the gift card transaction was complete, the shopper returned with a basket full of items that had not been paid for and attempted to walk out of the store with the other two subjects. Personnel attempted to stop the male from leaving, and at one point ended up on the ground with him, but the male was able to get away and ran north through the parking lot. LLPD officers procured video surveillance and pictures of the incident. 

Assault arrest - A 32-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested at 6:25 p.m. Dec. 13 for fourth degree assault, malicious mischief, DWLS and obstruction of justice. LLPD was dispatched to the 25000 block of East Hawkstone Loop on the report that a domestic violence dispute was taking place. The complainant reported the man had come to the residence and asked her for money and her car keys. When she refused, an argument ensued at which point the man reportedly grabbed the woman's purse and shut himself in the bedroom. The woman gained access to the room, at which point the man kicked her in the thigh and hit her in the head with her purse before saying, "I'm not going to jail tonight," before leaving through the front door. According to police reports, the man then smashed the woman's cell phone against the concrete stairs and left the residence on foot with her keys. When officers were clearing the scene, he was observed trying to get into the complainant's vehicle. Officers made contact with him and placed him in custody, where he denied the woman's reports and said he had only just arrived at the property from Spokane. Two witnesses, however, corroborated the complaint's report, and so the man was placed under arrest for the aforementioned charges. While in transport to jail, he continued to deny the charges before saying he felt ill, closed his eyes and told the officer he was having a seizure before slumping over in the backseat. The officer informed dispatch medics were needed. The man then came out of the seizure and asked where he was and why he was in handcuffs. Medical staff arrived and checked the subject and reported no signs of having a seizure. The officer continued his transport to the Spokane County Jail, where the man was booked. 

Calls for service
Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Nov. 18 to Dec. 16
Alarm 2
Assault 1
Attempted theft 1
Burglary 1
Child abuse or neglect 1
Citizen assist 5
Deceased person 1
Domestic violence 1
Drug possession 1
Family fight 3
Fraud 2
Fugitive 3
Harassment 2
Juvenile runaway 1
Lost or found property 2
Not classified 2
Property theft 4
Suspicious person/circumstance 1
Traffic accident 7
Traffic offense 18
Vehicle prowl 2
Vehicle theft 3
Welfare check 1

Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Nov. 18 to Dec. 16
Allowing unauthorized to drive 2
Assault 1
Driving without license/ID 2
Expired registration 4
Failure signal 1
Failure to stop/yield at intersection 2
Failure to yield to pedestrian 1
Headlights improper mount 1
Improver pass at curve 1
Interfering with report of DV 1
Liability insurance 12
Malicious mischief 1
Negligent driving 1
Obstructing law enforcement 1
Open container 1
Reckless driving 1
Speeding 20
Texting while driving 1
Transfer of ownership 1


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