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Police investigate check, card misuse in Liberty Lake

THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2011

It was a week for fraud and theft in Liberty Lake from Oct. 24 to Monday. Liberty Lake Police responded to two calls regarding stolen checks and debit cards.

The first call came in at 9 a.m. on Oct. 27. A resident reported that a cellphone and debit card had been stolen from their unlocked car in the 24400 block of East Edgewood Drive sometime during the night. When the resident called their bank it was determined that someone had used the card at the Liberty Lake Chevron at 1 a.m. that day, said Police Chief Brian Asmus. The theft is under investigation.

A second report came in at 1 p.m. on Saturday. An employee at a bank in the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road called police to report that a man had tried to cash a check for $1,900 in the drive-through lane. There was a note on the account warning of fraud, which prompted the bank to call police, said Asmus. The man drove off before police arrived, but he left behind the check and a Florida driver’s license. The case is under investigation.

Police received a report of domestic violence assault and harassment in the 24000 block of East Spencer Court on Friday. A warrant has been issued for Troy R. Hossack, 41, on charges of felony domestic violence harassment (threats to kill) and domestic violence assault. Officers have not yet been able to locate Hossack, Asmus said.

A 29-year-old Otis Orchards man was arrested at Harvard Road and Indiana Avenue on Saturday for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. An officer made a traffic stop and a smoking device reportedly fell out of his pocket while he was getting out his driver’s license, Asmus said. There was marijuana inside the pipe and the driver reportedly admitted smoking the drug not long before, Asmus said.

Police arrested a Liberty Lake resident for driving with a suspended license on Oct. 27 and received a report of a possible rape on Oct. 25. A commercial alarm sounded at Walgreen’s at 1:20 a.m. on Friday, but it was discovered to be false.

During the week officers handed out two citations for failure to show proof of liability insurance and six for speeding. Additional citations were given for license and plates required, defective muffler and failure to stop at a stop sign.

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