August 22, 2013 in Washington Voices

Liberty Lake police blotter: Bees, kittens and burglaries

By The Spokesman-Review
Coming up

Consider it a challenge.

 Liberty Lake police Chief Brian Asmus doesn’t ask for much when it comes to an upcoming “Plane Pull” to benefit Special Olympics Washington. “I just don’t want to lose to the Fire Department and I don’t want to lose to the Hooters girls,” he said.

 Asmus is recruiting for his team that will pull a 138,400 pound Boeing 727 airplane 12 feet at Spokane International Airport on Sept. 21. Each team is allowed up to 20 people and the Liberty Lake Police Department only has 10 members. The competition is timed and each team is scored based on how fast they can move the plane the required 12 feet.

 Anyone interested in participating can call Asmus at (509) 755-1141.

The case of the missing bees and a “kitten caper” kept officers at the Liberty Lake Police Department busy the week of Aug. 12-19.

City employees requested that police respond to the 1700 block of North Cavalier Road on Aug. 12 after receiving repeated complaints from neighbors that someone was illegally keeping chickens and beehives in their backyard, but nothing was found. The neighbors called back and said the hives had been brought back to the property late at night. An officer wearing a body camera returned to the home on Monday, Liberty Lake police Chief Brian Asmus said. “We videotaped it with our cameras and there were no beehives,” he said. “Basically it’s a code enforcement issue.”

A woman in the 900 block of North Malvern Road called police on Aug. 15 to report two missing kittens. The kittens were a gift for her children, and the woman reportedly told police that she thought her ex-husband had taken the kittens because he didn’t want the children to have them, Asmus said.

Two reports received from residents in the 21000 block of East Country Vista Drive the morning on Aug. 13 are likely related, Asmus said. A man reported that someone had tried and failed to hotwire his car. A woman reported that her car had been stolen overnight. “We haven’t recovered that yet,” Asmus said.

A resident in the 19000 block of East Maxwell Avenue reported a burglary on Aug. 12 and identified an acquaintance of her daughter as a possible suspect. Neighbors told officers that they had seen a man and a woman carrying items to a car and then driving away, Asmus said. The case is under investigation.

A gas theft was reported in the 22000 block of East Appleway Avenue on Friday. A woman driving a car with North Dakota license plates failed to pay for $40 in gas.

Minor injuries were reported in an accident at Appleway Avenue and Liberty Lake Road on Saturday. “The driver ran a red light and hit a vehicle and tipped over,” Asmus said.

During the week officers made six arrests for driving with a suspended license. They handed out two citations for failure to stop at a red light, nine for speeding and two for failure to wear a safety belt. Additional citations were given for driving without a license, failure to show proof of liability insurance, failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to stop/yield at an intersection and failure to stop at a stop sign.

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