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Liberty Lake blotter

Thu., Feb. 3, 2011

Two Liberty Lake police officers got in a scuffle with a man who was allegedly harassing someone with texts and e-mails when they arrived to serve him with a restraining order.

The harassment was reported at 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 and a records check revealed a restraining order that needed to be served on the suspect in the incident, said Police Chief Brian Asmus. Officers went to the man’s home and he reportedly admitted sending the e-mails. But when officers tried to arrest him, the man fought, Asmus said. All three fell to the ground and the officers called for help, Asmus said. The man was eventually handcuffed and taken to jail to be charged with harassment, obstructing a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

That was only one of the many incidents ranging from traffic tickets to domestic violence that kept officers busy the week of Jan. 24-Monday. Other arrests during the week include one for driving under the influence and one for reckless driving at Country Vista and Henry when a Greenacres resident was clocked on radar going 83 mph in a 35 mph zone. There were also three arrests for driving with a suspended license and a 13-year-old girl was arrested in the 22800 block of Country Vista Drive on Jan. 24 for fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

Four more car prowls and garage burglaries were reported, all of them discovered on Friday morning. A report was received from the 22900 block of East Valleyway at 8:30 a.m. A resident said that someone broke out the window of her car overnight and took an HP laptop computer. A wallet and garage door opener were reported missing from an unlocked car on McKenzie Road. A garage door opener was also missing from the 800 block of North Stevenson Court.

An unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in the 24000 block of East Broadway Court was ransacked. The resident reported that an MP3 player, leather gloves and a garage door opener were missing. In this instance once of the residents said he was in the garage at 5:15 a.m. when the garage door was opened from the outside and a man was seen walking quickly toward the garage, Asmus said. The man ran away when he saw the resident and drove off in a silver or light blue Honda Civic, Asmus said.

In December police arrested Robert L. Hahn, 29, for a series of garage burglaries and car prowls in Liberty Lake. “It just so happens that the car description matches that of the one Hahn was last seen driving,” Asmus said. “The physical description of the guy also matches Hahn.”

A 28-year-old Liberty Lake woman is wanted on a warrant for 15 counts of prescription forgery. An investigation by Coeur d’Alene police showed that she had taken blank prescription pads from her Coeur d’Alene employer and forged prescriptions for narcotic pain medications, Asmus said. The prescriptions were filled at the Liberty Lake Walgreen’s. Liberty Lake officers have been trying to locate her.

Drug dog J.J. assisted Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies with an arrest on Saturday. Deputies were chasing a domestic violence suspect and saw him reach into his pocket, pull something out and throw it away in a wooded area, Asmus said. J.J. searched the area and found a small glass pouch that contained a glass smoking pipe with what appeared to be methamphetamine inside, Asmus said.

A Kia Sophia with Idaho plates was reported stolen from the 23300 block of East Main Avenue on Friday morning. The car was later spotted in north Spokane. Police were able to arrest the female passenger but the male driver escaped on foot, Asmus said. The theft is still under investigation but Asmus said he does not believe it is related to the garage burglaries that happened the same day.

Officers gave out four citations for license and plates required, eight for failure to show proof of liability insurance, three for failure to dim headlights, two for defective muffler and six for speeding. Additional citations were given for failure to use an ignition interlock when required, failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to obey a school patrol and failure to wear a safety belt.

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