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Liberty Lake police chief: Theft suspect’s story unchanged

A convicted felon with an extensive criminal history reportedly tried out an old excuse this week when he was found to allegedly be in possession of weapons and burglary tools.

The Liberty Lake Police Department received a call about a suspicious man on a bike seen in the area of Mission Avenue and Holl Road on Nov. 12. An officer located a person matching that description and recognized him from previous contacts, said Police Chief Brian Asmus. The man told the officer that he had found the items by the Barker Road bridge and just happened to pick them up right before he was stopped. The only problem was, he had used the exact same story after a previous arrest on similar charges, Asmus said.

The man was in possession of a 12-inch piece of rebar with an ax head attached, a Leatherman tool/knife, a crescent wrench, wire cutters and a vice grip, police said. He also had a bag containing a vase that a witness said had been taken from the porch of a nearby home, Asmus said. The man was arrested on charges of possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of burglary tools and third-degree theft.

• A pedestrian using a crosswalk to cross the 22000 block of East Appleway Avenue was hit by a car at 8:10 p.m. Nov. 5. The crossing is in the middle of the block in an area with poor lighting and the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing, Asmus said. No charges have been filed against the driver, who told police she didn’t see the pedestrian until he hit the hood of her car. “Both drivers and pedestrians have to share responsibility,” he said.

The city’s engineer is looking at options to improve the crosswalk or relocate it since it is heavily used by employees of a nearby business, Asmus said. The injured man was taken to a hospital for treatment.

• Police continue to make progress in the investigation into two bomb threats made against the Quality Inn and Suites on Nov. 10. “We have persons of interest in that case,” Asmus said. “We think it was former guests of the hotel that we’ve dealt with before.”

Other incidents the week of Nov. 12-18:

Nov. 12: A man was arrested on a charge of fourth-degree domestic violence assault in the 25000 block of East Hawkstone Loop.

Nov. 13: A noninjury accident was reported in the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road.

Nov. 13: Residents in the 25000 block of East Hawkstone Loop called police to have officers pick up several hundred dollars worth of suspected illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia belonging to the man arrested on a domestic violence charge the day before. The residents planned to get a protection order against the man and did not want him coming back for his items.

Arrests: Police made five arrests for driving with a suspended license.

Citations: Officers handed out two citations for expired vehicle registration, three for failure to show proof of liability insurance and two for speeding. Additional citations were given for failure to use a required ignition interlock device, failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to yield while entering the road from a driveway and texting while driving.