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Man suspected of setting fire to ex-wife’s home

A woman went to the Liberty Lake police station the evening of Sept. 19 to tell officers she believed that her adoptive father had burned down his ex-wife’s house earlier that day after threatening to do so and kill family members, said Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus. She was advised to stay somewhere else that night.

Spokane County Fire District 8 Fire Chief Tony Nielsen confirmed that 43-year-old Delmar Olsen was arrested Friday on charges of first-degree arson, a felony, and residential burglary.

Olsen is suspected of setting fire to his ex-wife’s home in the 11500 block of East Connor Avenue just after 3 p.m. on Sept. 19. The home was gutted and a gasoline can was found at the scene, Nielsen said. No one was in the home at the time of the fire.

Also this week, Liberty Lake officers were called to the new roundabout at Harvard Road and Mission Avenue for two incidents involving commercial trucks that caused damage to new concrete curbs.

Officers were called after a truck went through the roundabout in the wrong direction on Sept. 19. The driver hit the curb, which flattened his tire and broke his wheel. He drove away from the scene but was tracked down, Asmus said. There was about $3,000 in damage to the curb.

A semitruck was reported blocking the roundabout just after 1 p.m. on Sept. 21. When police arrived the driver told them that he knew he wouldn’t fit in the roundabout, but traffic flaggers waved him through despite his protests, Asmus said. Construction workers stopped their work and tried to help the trucker. Both the truck’s bumper and the curb were damaged.

Other incidents

Sept. 19: A suspicious person was reported at 3:44 a.m. in the 1800 block of North Pepper Lane. He is believed to be the same man who called and made threats three weeks ago. A resident in the 21000 block of East Bitterroot Lane reported her car stolen at 11 a.m. While an officer was taking her report, another officer found the missing car in the 1800 block of North Pepper Lane.

Sept. 21: Police were called for a suspicious person in the 1800 block of North Pepper Lane at 1:17 p.m. Employees said that a man on a bike had been riding around in the parking lot and looking into cars for several days. A woman in the 23000 block of East Sinto Avenue reported just after 6:30 p.m. that her 9-year-old son had run away after an argument. The boy was found at Albertsons.

Arrests: There were seven arrests for driving with a suspended license, one for driving under the influence, one for domestic violence assault and one on a warrant for theft.

Citations: Two drivers were cited for failure to show proof of liability insurance, four were cited for speeding and two for reckless driving. Additional citations were given for an off-road vehicle violation, expired registration, failure to have a required ignition interlock device, operating a vehicle with defective equipment, defect muffler, defective tail light/stop light and following too close.

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