August 11, 2011 in Washington Voices

Liberty Lake police now have name for burglary suspect

Nina Culver, Ninac@Spokesman.Com
 
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New police officers

The Liberty Lake Police Department has recently hired two new police officers, who will start work on Monday. Kevin Schmeckpeper has worked for the Post Falls Police Department and the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department for the past eight years. He will have to attend training classes before he is certified in Washington state. Mike Bougenreif has been with the Whitman County Sheriff’s Department for the past 10 years. Both will be officially sworn in at the Liberty Lake City Council meeting Tuesday.

The Liberty Lake Police Department now has a name to go with the photo of a man suspected of breaking into a storage unit at Storage Solutions on East Mission Avenue on July 15 and stealing a motorcycle. He is Scooter D. Carey, 36, of Longview, Wash., and police believe he is still in the area.  

Police traced the truck the suspect used back to its registered owner, a resident of Kalama, Wash., and contacted the police department there for help. “They are very familiar with the registered owner,” said Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus. “He’s a career criminal over there.”

The police there sent Liberty Lake police a list of the man’s known associates, one of whom was Carey. Asmus said he has also heard that a woman identified as Carey’s girlfriend was arrested in Coeur d’Alene last week and a truck full of stolen goods was recovered. A motorcycle was among the items recovered, but Asmus said he doesn’t know yet if it is the same one stolen from Liberty Lake. Police are now looking for Carey, who is facing charges of commercial burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.

A car hit a cyclist in the 22400 block of East Appleway at 2:45 p.m. on Aug. 1. The cyclist was riding east in the westbound bike lane and the driver was making a right turn onto Appleway from the Safeco parking lot, said Asmus. The cyclist broke his leg. The driver should have been paying more attention, but the cyclist was on the wrong side of the road, he said. “I ended up not citing either person,” he said.

A person was reported missing from Guardian Angel Homes on Aug. 3. Police requested help from the Cheney Police Department, which has a bloodhound, Asmus said. The dog was not successful in finding the missing person. “It had been quite a few hours,” Asmus said. The person was eventually located near the Spokane River at Stateline six hours after being reported missing.

Someone reported to police that a bottle of prescription hydrocodone pills was stolen from his car while it was parked in the 23200 block of Appleway on Friday. Also on Friday a theft of a new television was reported from a resident’s room at Guardian Angel Homes. An employee is suspected in the theft, said Asmus, and the employee has since given his two-week notice.

Liberty Lake officers helped Spokane Valley Police officers end a chase at 10:30 p.m. on Friday. The car broke down in the Home Depot parking lot and the driver, Richard R. Pink, 31, was arrested on a felony warrant for escape and for attempting to elude police.

Other calls for the week involved a child inadvertently left behind at a restaurant, a loud party and a theft. An officer also found a recently used marijuana pipe in the men’s bathroom at Rocky Hill Park on Aug. 4.

The only arrest during the week of Aug. 1-8 was a 16-year-old male for reckless driving in the area of Marti Court. The only traffic citation given was for second-degree negligent driving.


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