June 25, 2011 in Washington Voices

Transient couple generate calls

Nina Culver, Ninac@Spokesman.Com, (509) 927-2158
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Liberty Lake police officers spent the week of June 13-20 getting to know a pair of transients who have apparently set up camp somewhere along the Centennial Trail in the area.

Someone called police at 7 p.m. on June 14 to report that a man and a woman were in an argument on the Centennial Trail near Harvard Road. The couple was only arguing and no crime was committed, said police Chief Brian Asmus. The department received an identical call about the two transients near Harvard and Mission at 12:20 a.m. on June 18. On June 19 at 11:30 p.m. a business called the police to report aggressive panhandlers in the 22300 block of East Appleway. The two were reportedly asking customers for money and harassing people. They were told to leave and are forbidden from going back to that business, Asmus said.

An officer assisted the Washington State Patrol with a call on Interstate 90 at 11:20 a.m. on June 14. A driver who appeared to be passed out was in a car blocking the right lane of traffic. The man was arrested for driving under the influence and the car was removed, Asmus said.

A traffic stop at Appleway and Signal at 2:30 a.m. on June 15 netted two arrests. The car was clocked on radar going 115 miles per hour on Interstate 90 and an officer was able to stop the car when it exited the freeway, Asmus said. The driver, a 24-year-old Liberty Lake man, was arrested for reckless driving. The passenger, identified as a 20-year-old Pullman resident, was intoxicated. She told the officer that was she was over 21, but did not have identification, Asmus said. She was arrested for making a false statement to a public official and being a minor consuming alcohol.

A juvenile reportedly shot another juvenile with a pellet gun in the 21700 block of Mill River Lane on the afternoon of June 15. Both were contacted but the victim did not want to pursue any charges, Asmus said.

A 4-year-old boy fell out of a second story window at Big Trout Lodge on June 18. Officers responded and determined that the boy and his sibling were playing when he pushed the screen out and accidentally fell. The boy was not seriously injured, Asmus said.

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