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Liberty Lake Police Blotter 2/17/2011

Allsport was the victim of another commercial burglary during the week of Feb. 7-Monday in Liberty Lake. The business was a frequent target last year, but incidents trickled away to nothing after the company installed security cameras and took other steps to beef up security.

The business called police on Friday morning to report that someone had cut through a fenced storage area on the north side of the building overnight. Some vehicles were damaged but nothing appeared to be stolen, said Police Chief Brian Asmus. The burglar was filmed on the security system and the incident is under investigation.

There were several arrests during the week. A driver stopped for having expired vehicle registration was arrested for driving with a suspended license at Country Vista Drive and Henry Road on Feb. 8. A 23-year-old woman was arrested at Harvard Road and Euclid Avenue for driving under the influence at 2:20 a.m. on Feb. 10.

Later that same day a 24-year-old Liberty Lake man was charged with littering when an officer saw him throw a lit cigarette out of the car window, said Asmus. The officer pulled the man over and discovered that he also had a suspended driver’s license. He was arrested on that charge in addition to the citation for littering.

Residents in the Bella Lago development have recently reported to police that people are using the area for “illicit activity,” said Asmus. An officer was patrolling the area at 2:30 p.m. on Friday when he saw a car with three people inside. After approaching the car he smelled the odor of marijuana and two of the occupants reportedly admitted to having either marijuana or drug pipes in their possession, Asmus said.

Liberty Lake’s drug K9, J.J., responded to the scene at Lakeside Road and Bella Lago Lane to search the car. The dog located several smoking devices with marijuana residue inside and a small amount of the drug, Asmus said. Two of the people in the car were each charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 63-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested Sunday in the 23200 block of East Maxwell Avenue for domestic violence assault and unlawful imprisonment. A woman told police that she had been punched in the face and then pinned to the floor and not allowed to leave the home, Asmus said.

During the week officers gave out two citations for failure to show proof of liability insurance, two for defective muffler and seven for speeding.

In other news, the police department recently received five M26 Tasers with holsters and chargers from the Tacoma Police Department, which had declared them surplus. The department only had to pay to have the Tasers shipped.

The department also was recently awarded a $1,400 equipment grant to purchase a radar unit for the new patrol car the department will soon be ordering.