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Liberty Lake Police make several arrests for pot

Liberty Lake Police Department officers dealt with everything from marijuana arrests to burglary calls to a young boy determined to run away from home during the week of Sept. 12 to Monday.

A caller told police at 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 14 that a young boy was running north on Liberty Lake Road and that there didn’t seem to be any adults around. Officers caught up with the boy, who was about 5, near Walgreen’s, said Police Chief Brian Asmus. The boy told police he was running away from home because he was in trouble, Asmus said.

Officers returned the boy to his home, but the parents weren’t there because they were out looking for the boy. Officers were able to reunite the boy with his parents, Asmus said.

An officer spotted a man riding a bike without a headlight at Harvard Road and Euclid Avenue at 9 p.m. on Sept. 12. The officer spotted a knife in the man’s right front pocket and searched him for other weapons, Asmus said. The officer reportedly found a marijuana pipe. The 21-year-old Veradale man was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

An officer made a traffic stop near Pavillion Park at 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 14 and could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the car when he approached, Asmus said. The driver reportedly admitted that he and his passenger had smoked marijuana earlier, some of which was found in the car, Asmus said. A 15-year-old and 17-year-old were arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A suspicious car was spotted in the 24500 block of Hawkstone Loop at 11:45 p.m. on Friday. There were three people in the back seat of the parked car and the odor of marijuana was evident, Asmus said. The officer could see a bag of what he suspected was marijuana inside the car, Asmus said. A 19-year-old Spokane Valley resident was arrested for possession of marijuana.

Other arrests during the week included one for domestic violence assault, one for domestic violence malicious mischief and one for driving with a suspended license. Quick police work also solved a burglary that was reported on Sept. 14 in the 900 block of North Tanglewood Lane. A resident reported finding a broken basement window when he returned from out of town and that some jewelry was missing. A neighbor reported seeing someone near the house the previous day, Asmus said. Police were able to identify a suspect in the burglary and checked local pawn shops for the jewelry, which was located and recovered. Officers are still looking for the man identified as a suspect in the theft, Asmus said.

During the week officers gave out six citations for failure to show proof of liability insurance and nine for speeding. Additional citations were given for license and plates required, driving without a license, defective muffler, second degree negligent driving and use of a cellphone.

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