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Liberty Lake blotter: Officer talks to teen with butcher knife

Thu., April 4, 2013, midnight

A teen with a butcher knife and a combined case of vehicle and identity theft topped the calls to the Liberty Lake Police Department the week of March 25 to April 1.

Police received several calls just after 2 p.m. on March 26 reporting a teenage girl walking near Appleway Avenue and Molter Road. Witnesses told police she was shouting at passing cars. When an officer located her near the Hawkstone apartment complex he spotted a butcher knife in her hand, police Chief Brian Asmus said.

The girl reportedly told the officer that she was upset because her mother had taken away her car and refused to buy her concert tickets so she planned to use the knife to intimidate her, Asmus said. The case has been forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor’s office, Asmus said.

A Vancouver, Wash., resident contacted police March 27 to report receiving license plates and registration papers from the state Department of Motor Vehicles in the mail. The man had not purchased the two cars identified in the documents, Asmus said. The cars were apparently ordered from George Gee GMC using the man’s identity.

Police investigated a similar case recently involving three luxury cars sent to Florida from the same dealership. Those cars were all recovered, and several arrests were made.

A second, more unusual identity theft was reported to police March 26. A Liberty Lake resident tried to file his taxes only to discover that someone else had already filed a tax return using his name, Asmus said. The case is under investigation.

During the week police arrested three people wanted on warrants, as well as nine for driving with suspended licenses, and one for reckless driving. Officers handed out seven citations for failure to show proof of liability insurance and four for speeding. Additional citations were given for expired registration, driving without a license with identification and failure to use required ignition interlock.

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