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Domestic violence calls in Liberty Lake end with man’s arrest

Thu., Dec. 19, 2013, midnight

Liberty Lake Police officers visited the same apartment in the 25000 block of East Hawkstone Loop three times last week, all for domestic violence calls. On the third visit a 32-year-old man was arrested.

Neighbors called police the first two times to report hearing loud arguing, but on those occasions no crime had been committed, Sgt. Clint Gibson said. The woman involved in the incidents called police Friday evening to report that the man had hit her in the face with her purse and smashed her cellphone.

The man denied doing anything wrong, but two witnesses confirmed the woman’s story, Gibson said. He was arrested on charges of fourth-degree assault, malicious mischief, driving with a suspended license and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence. On the way to the jail the man told the officer that he was having a seizure and then slumped over in the back seat. Paramedics were called but there was no evidence of a seizure, Gibson said. “My guess was, he was trying to get out of going to jail and faked his seizure,” Gibson said.

Police have responded frequently to the apartment in the past and man has several previous arrests, Gibson said.

An RV in for service at Freedom RV in the 19000 block of East Cataldo Avenue was burglarized. It appears that thieves used kitchen knives to pry loose two flat screen televisions, Gibson said. The theft was reported on Dec. 9. Video footage was obtained from a neighboring sporting facility. “We were able to see the subjects from the HUB surveillance camera,” Gibson said. The case is under investigation.

Other incidents from Dec. 9-16:

Dec. 9: A resident reported that someone had stolen items valued at $415 from her car while it was parked in the 19000 block of East Nora Avenue.

Dec. 11: A woman reported driving away with her Kindle Fire on top of her car around the 1700 block of North Aladdin Road, which fell off and could not be located. Police have the serial number of the device.

Dec. 12: An elderly man who appeared confused was spotted walking in the 23000 block of East Appleway Avenue just before midnight. The man said he lived near the South Hill and was trying to mail a package, though he was not carrying a package. The man was taken to a local hospital.

A driver left the roadway and hit a light pole in the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road. He blamed a medical condition for the collision.

Friday: A man tried to leave a business in the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road without paying for a basket full of items. He was able to get away from employees. Video surveillance of the incident has been turned over to police.

A car left the road in the 1200 block of North Fairway Road at noon and hit the curb, several bushes and a Century Link telephone box before driving away.

A second car left the road in the 23000 block of East Sinto Avenue around 1 p.m. This one hit a shrub and a cable box outside a home, and drove away before police arrived.

Another car left the road and hit a tree in the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive just before 5 p.m. The driver blamed the incident on black ice.

Arrests: Police made four arrests for driving with a suspended license, one for driving with a suspended license and driving while intoxicated, one for driving with a suspended license and obstructing justice and one on a warrant for residential burglary.

Citations: Officers handed out seven citations for speeding and seven for failure to show proof of liability insurance. Additional citations were given for failure to transfer ownership, expired vehicle registration, allowing an unauthorized person to drive, driving without a license with identification, improperly mounted headlights, improper passing on a curve, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to signal, second-degree negligent driving and texting while driving.

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