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Traffic stop nets two arrests in Liberty Lake

Thu., Sept. 5, 2013

Liberty Lake police arrested a father and son during a traffic stop on Aug. 27.

An officer stopped a car at East Reston Avenue and North Winchester Drive. The car was registered to the driver’s father but the driver said his passenger was not the registered owner, who had a warrant out for this arrest. The officer noted that the Department of Licensing picture for the car’s owner matched the passenger, said Police Chief Brian Asmus. The passenger was arrested on the civil warrant, and his son was arrested on a charge of providing false information to a police officer.

An officer spotted a woman pulling up to a gas pump at Country Vista Drive and Liberty Lake Road just before 1 a.m. on Aug. 28, then saw her and a male passenger pushing the car into a parking space. The officer contacted them to see if they needed help, Asmus said. A check of their identities showed that the woman’s driver’s license was suspended. The man told the officer that a third person had been driving. The woman was arrested for driving with a suspended license, and her passenger is facing a charge of obstructing justice.

An investigation identified a Liberty Lake woman as the suspect in a case of prescription drug fraud. The woman allegedly impersonated a doctor and phoned in fake prescriptions to local pharmacies, Asmus said. The woman was arrested on Aug. 27 in the 100 block of South Legend Tree Drive.

Other arrests during the week of Aug. 26 to Sept. 2 include seven for driving with a suspended license, one for driving under the influence and one for fourth-degree domestic violence assault. The assault was reported in the 21000 block of East County Vista Drive just after 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 30. A woman told police that her husband had pushed and scratched her as well as forced open the door of the bathroom where she was hiding. As he was sitting in the back of the police car on the way to jail he reportedly threatened to kill his wife, Asmus said.

Police also responded to several calls involving theft and fraud. A resident in the 200 block of North Molter Road reported on Aug. 29 that his keys and wallet had been taken from his car overnight. An officer found a car with broken out windows parked at Gateway Park on Aug. 29 just after 6 a.m. The contents of the car had been scattered about, Asmus said. On Aug. 29 a woman notified police that she had sent $275 to a company called “Loans to America” in Texas in the hopes of receiving a $1,000 loan. She never received the loan, Asmus said.

A shoeless man on a motor bike was spotted at Harvard Road and Euclid Avenue the evening of Aug. 29. The man drove through a field to get away from the officer. Police believe they know his identity and will be investigating further, Asmus said.

Someone called police to report the strong smell of marijuana coming from a garage in the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive. An officer contacted the resident, who was found to be in compliance with laws regarding medical marijuana grows, Asmus said.

During the week officers handed out two citations for failure to provide proof of liability insurance and six for speeding. Additional citations were given for expired registration, improper signaling and driving with wheels off the roadway.

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