The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were among those reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department between Sept. 23 and Oct. 21. The incident report is listed in chronological order.
Incidents and arrest
• Fraud - At 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23, LLPD responded to the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road for a fraud complaint. The complainant called to report the manager of Safeway had contacted her regarding a man who came into the store and tried to pass a check in the amount of $208.69 under her name. The man had passed the check to the store clerk, who had called the manager over to approve the check after noticing that his name had been added on top of hers on the face of the check. The manager took a picture of the check and the man's identification, and at that point he ran out of the store. Charges of identity theft and fraud were forwarded to the prosecutor for review.
• Family dispute over spanking - At 8:04 p.m. Sept. 23, LLPD was dispatched to the 25000 block of East Hawkstone Loop in regards to child abuse. The complainant reported an intoxicated male was hitting her grandchild. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the male subject, who reported that he was babysitting for a neighbor and when the grandmother of the child arrived he started to act up and the male subject spanked him on the rear-end with an open hand. The grandmother reportedly did not like this and contacted police. The mother of the child reported that she did not believe the male subject had done anything wrong as her son becomes obstinate to not listen and becomes upset easily. The mother also reported that the grandmother dislikes anyone who is brought around the children. Officers also tried to speak with the child, who appeared extremely tired and would not talk with them. His mother asked him several times to go to bed, and he would not listen and remained on the sofa. An officer advised him to listen to his mother, and he went into his room. No crime committed, but the babysitter was advised it would be best if he did not physically punish the child.
• Assault - A 34-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested at 6:26 p.m. Sept. 24 at the 23000 block of East Boone for assault. A witness reported the man threw his girlfriend off of the porch and onto the ground. The female got up but appeared to have hurt her ankle. Officers arrived and spoke to the female, who reported that she had been residing with the man and dating for the past seven months and started arguing when he requested she move out, as he intended to make amends with his ex-wife. The female victim then reported she became upset and threw water at the man and kicked holes in the wall. The man reportedly hit and shoved the female but said he only did so to keep her away from him. He said he only threw her to the ground in order to keep her from damaging the walls. Officers arrested the man for assault, and he was booked into Spokane County Jail. Charges were also forwarded to the prosecutor for the female victim, who may be charged with malicious mischief dependant on the prosecutor's decision.
• Assault - A 26-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested at 5:40 p.m. Sept. 25 at the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive for assault. LLPD was dispatched regarding a possible domestic violence in progress. Upon arrival, the victim reported she and her boyfriend had lived together for five years and an argument had started when she had asked him to stop playing video games and help her. He reportedly struck her in the back of the head with his arm. When the victim tried to contact 911, he attempted to remove the phone from her face by placing his hand inside her mouth causing a tear to the inside of her mouth. The victim reported the man had been violent in the past. Based on the evidence and injuries, the man was transported to the Spokane County Jail, where he was booked for assault.
• Child luring - At 6:50 p.m. Sept. 25, LLPD responded to the 24000 block of East Desmet Road in response to a child luring incident. The complainant reported he and his brother were playing in the front yard of their neighbor's residence when he heard the sound of a girl scream somewhere west of the location. A couple minutes later, he observed a white older model van parked approximately 100 feet away near the mailboxes. The complainant observed the male driver of the van exit the vehicle, then open and close the back doors before getting back into the van. When the complainant looked over at the male driver, the male would look away and act as though he was doing something. The two boys decided to go inside their house and as they were approximately 30 feet from the front door, the van started to drive towards them. As the male drove by them, he put his arm out the window and yelled, "Hey." The boys went inside and heard tires "screech" before observing the van drive away westbound. The van is described as being an older model, white in color with tinted windows. Complainant reported that although the windows were tinted, you could still see inside them. There were no visible markings on the van, and the boys did not think the van had a front license plate. Neither of the two boys had seen the van in the area before. The driver is described as being a white male in his 40s with a skinny build, short hair and a black beard. If you see this van or the driver in the area, please contact law enforcement immediately given the recent luring incidents reported in Spokane County.
• Child luring follow-up - At 11:27 a.m. Sept. 26, LLPD initiated a traffic stop for a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle implicated in the recent child luring incidents in Spokane County at Interstate 90 and North Liberty Lake Road. Upon contact, the officer observed all the seats had been taken out of the back. When asked about this, the driver claimed he didn't have seats in the back due to his part-time job of moving elderly with wheelchairs. When asked why he didn't have a ramp, the driver claimed the lift and ramp were currently out of the vehicle. An incident report was taken.
• Vehicle prowl - At 5:15 a.m. Sept. 27, LLPD responded to the 1800 block of North Caufield for a vehicle prowl. The complainant reported someone had entered his vehicle during the night and stole $10 in change. There were no signs of forced entry, and the complainant said the vehicle was unlocked. The complainant reported an incident of the same nature a few weeks prior where his wallet was taken from his vehicle and a gas card used at a local gas station. The complainant was advised to keep his vehicle locked.
• Theft - At 5:55 p.m. Sept. 29, LLPD responded to a theft at the 1900 block of North Aladdin Road. A victim reported his vehicle had been entered overnight and a 38-caliber black revolver had been stolen along with a $400 pair of prescription sunglasses. The victim reportedly locked the vehicle so was unsure of how the person entered his vehicle. No serial number for the firearm could be located.
• Harassment - A 38-year-old Kent, Wash., woman was arrested at 11:13 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Spokane Airport for harassment that took place at the 25000 block of East Hawkstone Loop. The victim reported being in a current custody battle with his ex-girlfriend (the arrested woman), who threatened to have him killed and threatened to assault his current girlfriend. An LLPD officer arrived and spoke to the victim, who reported the woman has been telling drug dealers and gang members from the west side of the state that the victim is an informant and should be killed. A voicemail message was played for the officer where the woman made threatening remarks, but was not very clear as she was yelling loudly. The officer decided that based upon the information provided, he would detain the woman at the airport for interview. Upon arrival at the airport, the woman was escorted to an interview room and advised of her Miranda rights. After the interview, the officer placed the woman under arrest for domestic violence threats to kill, at which point she cursed and yelled at the officer. She was transported to the Spokane County Jail. Charges were also forwarded to the prosecutor for harassment in regards to threats to assault the victim's current girlfriend.
• Burglary - At 5:01 a.m. Oct. 2, LLPD responded to the 23000 block of East Valleyway for an occupied residential burglary. The complainant reported that during the night, the residence had been entered and an estimated $1,260 in items taken. The complainant's family reported being asleep while the burglary was taking place. No signs of forced entry were found, and it was determined the door may have been left unlocked. The incident was referred to the LLPD detective.
• Stolen vehicle - At 3:39 a.m. Oct. 3, LLPD recovered a stolen vehicle at the 2300 block of North Madson Road. An officer driving through the parking lot of the Quality Inn and Suites noted the driver's side door of the vehicle was open. After running the plate and coming back as stolen, the registered owner was contacted. At the request of the owner, the vehicle was searched and an air soft pistol that had been painted black was taken into evidence. At 7:20 a.m., the owner of the vehicle called 911 to report the vehicle had been stolen again, but after making contact with an officer, it was discovered the owner had gone to the wrong motel to pick up the car. The officer waited on site with the car until the owner took possession of the vehicle. At 11:27 a.m., a female made contact with LLPD in regards to finding out if her vehicle had been towed. The female suspect stated she woke up and her vehicle was gone and wanted to know if it had been towed by an officer. After questioning, the subject became evasive and when asked for a location an officer could meet her and take a report, a male subject in the background could be heard saying, "hang up." Both individuals were identified and the incident was placed under further investigation.
• Golf cart dispute - At 7:28 p.m. Oct. 4, LLPD made contact with two subjects in regards to a threat at East Country Vista Drive and North Legacy Ridge Drive. A complainant's 13-year-old daughter was picking up school children from a bus stop in a golf cart, when a female subject stopped the girl and began yelling and threatening her. Both parties involved were given information on the rules and regulations to driving a golf cart.
• Garage burglary - At 10:04 a.m. Oct. 6, LLPD was dispatched to the 20000 block of East Deschutes Avenue in response to a residential burglary. Upon arrival, the complainant reported leaving the garage door open during the night and finding in the morning that a bike valued at $800 and a weed eater were missing.
• Unattended children - At 11:20 a.m. Oct. 6, LLPD received a call for a welfare check at the 25000 block of East Hawkstone Loop. The complainant called and requested police check on his child, as he believed he and his siblings had been left alone overnight. Officers arrived and spoke to the 10-year-old, who reported his mother had gone to the grocery store and left him with his 7-year-old and 11-month-old siblings. He became concerned when she didn't return home. He reportedly called his mother and texted her multiple times with no response. When he woke up in the morning, his mother was still not home. Officers made contact with the mother, who reported she had been to the casino and had stayed there until 2 a.m., when she returned home and went to sleep. She reported waking up at 7 a.m. and going back to the casino. She reported she did not make contact with her children during that time. Officers advised the subject it was inappropriate to leave her children unattended overnight. This report will be forwarded to another agency for review.
• Stolen property - At 8 a.m. Oct. 8, LLPD was dispatched to the intersection of East Mission and North Molter in regards to a theft. A complainant reported that sometime during the night, a portable light stand that belonged to Wm. Winkler Co. was stolen from a worksite. Officers were provided with the VIN number and license plate information along with photographs of the trailer, which is valued at $9,000. The case was put under investigation.
• Drug arrest - A 32-year-old Otis Orchards woman was arrested at 12:46 p.m. Oct. 8 on eastbound Interstate 90 for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver - heroin, 100 grams. She was booked into Spokane County Jail.
• Golf cart accident - At 3:50 p.m. Oct. 11, LLPD responded to the 21000 block of East Country Vista Drive for a golf cart accident. Officers spoke to witnesses, who reported a boy sitting on the lap of another rider had fallen out of the cart and struck his head on the asphalt when the driver took a turn. The victim incurred a cut to the back of his head.
• Burglary - At 12:11 a.m. Oct. 13, LLPD responded to the 1600 block of North Cirque Lane for a burglary. The complainant reported going outside and noticing the garage door was open, her vehicle dome light was on and a purse was missing. Officers arrived, and the complainant reported a mountain bike, a pair of ski boots, a wine picnic backpack and a set of keys in her purse had also been taken, estimating the loss at $160.
• Shoplifting - A 47-year-old Spokane Valley woman was arrested at 1:06 p.m. Oct. 13 at the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road for theft. She reportedly tried to leave a local store with $44.76 in products but was caught and was being detained. An officer arrived and placed the woman under arrest for theft.
• Burglary - At 5:45 a.m. Oct. 16, LLPD responded to the 1600 block of North Holl Road when a complainant reported that someone had entered his garage overnight and stolen two mountain bikes, a wrench and socket kit, a reciprocating saw and ammunition. The items were valued at $1,100.
• Burglary - At 2:21 p.m. Oct. 16, LLPD took a report of a burglary at a home construction site at the 20000 block of East Glenbrook. The complainant reported that a $1,500 gas fireplace had been stolen sometime between Sept. 22-23, causing $200 in damage. The matter was placed under investigation.
Calls for service
Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department from Sept. 23 to Oct. 21
Agency assist 1
Business or license violation 1
Child abuse or neglect 1
Citizen assist 4
Citizen dispute 3
Deceased person 2
Domestic violence 5
Drug sale/manufacture 1
Lost or found property 1
Malicious mischief 3
Property theft 3
Recovered stolen vehicle 1
Resisiting/interfering with police 1
Suspicious person/circumstance 5
Traffic accident 3
Traffic offense 20
Vehicle prowl 4
Welfare check 4
Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department from Sept. 23 to Oct. 21
Assault IV 4
Defective muffler 2
Driving without license/ID 1
Defective windshield wipers 1
Expired registration 13
Failure to obey traffic control 1
Failure to stop/yield 1
Fugitive of the state 1
Liability insurance 21
Solicitor/peddler license 1
Speeding in school zone 1
Use of cell phone 1