The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were among those reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department June 24 and July 29. The incident report is listed in chronological order.
Incidents and arrests
• One-vehicle accident - At 9:30 p.m. June 23, LLPD responded to a traffic accident at East Country Vista Drive and North Liberty Lake Road. The driver stated her knee had hit the lever to adjust the steering wheel, and while trying to re-adjust it, she lost control of the vehicle, striking a light pole before coming to a stop.
• Fraud - At 4:48 p.m. June 24, LLPD received a report of fraud at the 500 block of North Dunbarton Oaks. The complainant reported he was notified that someone using his name and information had applied for multiple credit cards. There were also recent attempts through PayPal for the "bill me later" option through online stores including eBay, Walmart, Apple and Toys R Us.
• Vehicle prowl - At 12:56 p.m. June 25, LLPD responded to a vehicle prowl at the 22000 block of East Country Vista. The complainant reported property was missing from his vehicle when he went to use it in the morning. Whoever broke into the vehicle left a tool box full of tools behind. The items stolen totaled a loss of near $900. The incident was placed under investigation.
• Alleged dog bite - At 6:55 p.m. June 25, LLPD responded to the 1200 block of North Eagle for a citizen dispute. The complainant said a neighbor's dog bit his child. Upon arrival, the complainant reported the neighbor's dog has in the past gotten loose and become aggressive with other dogs in the area, along with chasing the children of another neighbor. The officers inspected the child, who had torn pants and torn underwear. Fortunately, there did not seem to be any damage to the child's body. Officers made contact with the dog owner and requested the dog be kept contained at all times. The dog owner was unhappy the child's parent had threatened his dog's life after the incident. SCRAPS was contacted and planned to contact both parties about the incident.
• Dispute leads to pulled fire alarm - At 8:28 p.m. June 25, LLPD was dispatched to the 25000 block of East Hawkstone for a domestic dispute. A man reported his ex-girlfriend had set off the apartment building fire alarm when he would not let her inside. Upon arrival, the officer noted the fire alarm outside the complainant's apartment had been pulled. Residents of the building were standing outside in the parking lot, and a loud alarm could be heard. The officer made contact with the complainant, who reported his ex-girlfriend had given him a ride home, but became upset when he would not let her stay at the apartment. After leaving and coming back several times, the suspect pulled the fire alarm in an attempt to get him to come outside. While the officer was talking with the complainant, the suspect called and said she was out of fuel and needed the complainant's assistance. Neither the complainant nor the officer was able to get a location from the suspect. Charges were forwarded to the prosecutor for tampering with a fire alarm.
• Assault on police - A 25-year-old Spokane Valley man was arrested at 10:59 a.m. June 26 after throwing a bicycle at a LLPD officer at the intersection of North Barker and East Cataldo roads in Spokane Valley. The officer initially spotted the man traveling northbound by bicycle in the southbound lane of travel. He then entered the intersection against the red light and drove directly into vehicles entering the intersection, which had to swereve to avoid a collision. The officer activated his emergency lights and horn in an attempt to stop the cyclist, who turned to look at the officer multiple times but would not stop. The cyclist crashed his bicycle in the middle of the intersection, but then got up and threw the bike at the officer as he approached. The officer stepped back and ordered the man to the ground. The subject grabbed the bicycle and threw it on the right shoulder of the intersection, yelling. After multiple verbal attempts to get the man to the ground with him being uncooperative, the LLPD officer drew his taser and pointed it at the subject, advising he get on the ground or be tased. He would not comply, so the officer tased the subject. The officer then requested medics, and several units from Spokane Valley and LLPD arrived on scene. The suspect became increasingly uncooperative. After medics evaluated the subject, the LLPD officer transported him to the jail, where he was not accepted into booking due to his condition. The officer then took him to Sacred Heart Hospital, where he refused to provide information and was uncooperative. He was sedated after being increasingly volatile and combative with hospital staff and transported to a mental health area for evaluation. The suspect was placed in full restraints and, after some time, was released and transported to the jail by ambulance. He was charged with assaulting a police officer, eluding and resisting arrest.
• Domestic violence - At 10:12 p.m. June 26, LLPD was dispatched to the 21000 block of East Country Vista Drive following a complaint by a woman that her boyfriend kicked her. She told officers her intoxicated boyfriend became upset, went to their apartment and proceeded to back her into a corner where he yelled and kicked her. The subject then left the apartment, taking her keys so the complainant could not get to work. The LLPD officer took a report of the incident to forward to the investigator, and made multiple attempts throughout the night to locate the subject but was unsuccessful.
• Citizen assist - At 10:21 p.m. June 26, LLPD responded to a citizen assist at the 1500 block of North Liberty Lake Road. A complainant reported two male subjects in their late teens were harassing customers, asking for rides to go buy marijuana and for money. An officer made contact with the suspects and advised them of the city ordinance against asking for money within the city limits. They then left the area.
• Stolen flag - At 5:30 p.m. June 28, a man reported the theft of an American Flag from out front of his home at the 24000 block of East Marti. Upon arrival, the victim reported the American Flag had been stolen from the front of his home. There were no witnesses and no evidence as to who may have taken the flag.
• Hit and run - At 5:53 p.m. June 28, LLPD was dispatched to Mission and Harvard for a hit and run. Upon arrival, it was reported that the victim's vehicle was hit after a Subaru tried to cut him off. The driver of the Subaru fled the scene at a high rate of speed. There were witnesses to the hit and run, and the incident was placed under investigation.
• Runaway - At 8:43 p.m. June 30, LLPD contacted four hitchhikers at the intersection of East Appleway Avenue and North Liberty Lake Road. They said they were on their way to the "Rainbow Festival" in Montana. After checking identification, the officer learned one of the subjects was a runaway out of Portland, Ore. The officer detained the subject until contact was made with the parent. The subject was picked up by a family member.
• Fatal motorcycle accident - At 1:27 a.m. July 4, LLPD was dispatched to the corner of East Mission and North Signal roads where a motorcycle accident left a man with no signs of life. The man was identified later as Matthew L. Jones, 45, of Rathdrum, and he died from blunt trauma to the head, according to a report from the Spokane County Medical Examiner's office.
• Wallet found, returned - At 10:41 a.m. July 5, a wallet containing $617 was brought into the LLPD that had been found in Pavilion Park during the Fourth of July celebration. The wallet was returned to its owner.
• Theft - At 12:05 p.m. July 8, LLPD was dispatched to the 22000 block of East Valleyway for a theft. The complainant reported several guns had been stolen from his home. Upon arrival, the officer learned the complainant was in the process of moving and had hired help through Craigslist. Two male subjects were hired to help, and on the second day of moving, one of the subjects called and said he wouldn't be able to help as he had been bitten by a dog. The complainant then noticed a bag holding three handguns missing from his belongings. After making sure the guns were not packed into a box for moving, he called to report the theft. The incident was placed under investigation.
• Hit and run, DWLS - A 23-year-old Spokane woman was arrested at 5:22 p.m. July 9 for a hit and run and DWLS. An officer arrived on scene and spoke to a complainant, who reportedly came to a stop when the vehicle behind her ran into the back of her vehicle. The complainant pulled over to the side of the road, but the driver of the vehicle that rear-ended her pulled by the complainant's car and mouthed the words "I'm sorry" before driving away. No information was exchanged. The complainant was able to get the license plate of the vehicle that hit her. The officer contacted the driver, who returned to Liberty Lake and told the officer she knew she had struck another vehicle, but saw that there was no damage so drove away. The woman's sister, who was also in the vehicle, said the woman was worried because she currently had a suspended license and did not have insurance. The woman was placed under arrest for hit and run and DWLS.
• Stolen property - LLPD arrested a man July 15 for second degree possession of stolen property, second degree trafficking stolen property and criminal conspiracy. The arrest came after police were dispatched at 2:30 p.m. July 14 to East Appleway Avenue on report of a theft. The complainant reported the tailgate of his truck had been stolen a few days earlier, and he had tracked down the suspect who was trying to sell it on Craigslist. The complainant pretended to be a buyer and made arrangements to meet the suspect in a parking lot to "buy back" his stolen property. Officers were advised of this and asked to be present in order to make the arrest after the stolen property was identified. When the tailgate was identified, the officer took the suspect into custody. The suspect was questioned and told the officer he had no idea the tailgate was stolen and had only came to sell the property at the request of a friend. The suspect was then released, and an officer and the detective went to the friend's residence July 15 and transported him to the LLPD, where he was questioned after forfeiting his right to an attorney. He was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail.
Calls for service
Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department June 24-July 29
Animal problem 1
Citizen assist 4
Citizen dispute 2
Custodial interference 1
Deceased person 1
Domestic violence 1
Family fight 2
Juvenile problem 2
Juvenile runaway 1
Lost or found property 7
Malicious mischief 2
Property theft 5
Suspicious person/circumstance 6
Traffic accident 7
Traffic offense 31
Vehicle prowl 3
Welfare check 5
Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department June 24-July 29
Defective muffler 5
Driving with wheels off road 2
Driving without license/ID 2
Expired registration 6
Failure to obey traffic control 1
Failure to signal 1
Failure to stop/yield 10
Failure to wear safety belt 1
Furnishing liquor to minor 1
Hit and run 1
Illegal use of studded tires 1
Impeding traffic 1
Improper pass on left 1
Liability insurance 24
Minor in possession of alcohol 10
Parking in no parking zone 1
Possession of drug paraphernalia 1
Texting while driving 2
Transfer of ownership 1
Unlawfully riding on roadway 1
Use of cell phone 2
Violating intermediate license 1