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Truck retrieved from Liberty Lake

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After a Sunday afternoon accident at Liberty Lake, Spokane County Sheriff’s divers were sent underwater to retrieve a sunken truck.

Dale Gilbert, 58, of Spokane Valley, was backing his 1993 Chevrolet pickup into the Liberty Lake public boat launch and set the parking brake, said Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan. As Gilbert went to check on his boat, the parking brake popped off and the truck started rolling back.

Gilbert’s wife tried to jump into the truck but was unable to stop it, Reagan said.

Later that afternoon, sheriff’s divers went into the lake and attached a tow line so the truck could be pulled out and taken to a junkyard. Running vehicles that become submerged usually suffer computer and electrical damage that makes them a total loss, Reagan said.

Though nobody was injured, Reagan emphasized that children should never sit in a vehicle as a boat is lowered into water.

Man cited for urinating on playground

A Millwood man was arrested for indecent exposure last Wednesday after he urinated on the Millwood Elementary playground in front of several young girls.

Lawrence C. Hirschberger, 3309 N. Dick Road, told deputies he had to urinate and couldn’t walk to a restroom two blocks away, said Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan.

A teacher who spoke with the deputies said she saw Hirschberger urinating in the bright sunlight within view of many children, Reagan said. The teacher yelled at Hirschberger in an effort to “run him off,” but the suspect made a finger gesture and swore at the teacher, Reagan said.

Deputies arrested Hirschberger, and after the 35-year-old man signed the criminal citation, he was released.

Thieves take equipment, tools from businesses

Thieves stole thousands of dollars of equipment at two Spokane Valley businesses last weekend.

Somebody broke into Northwest Sandblast and Paint, 5916 E. Baldwin Ave., sometime between 2 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday, said Spokane Valley Police spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan. The thieves stole several hand tools worth more than $1,200.

Also on Sunday, an alarm went off at Lane International, 4306 S. Dishman-Mica Road, and found an unlocked back door. Nobody was in the building, but later that morning, an employee called and said a computer worth $1,000 and two rechargeable drills were missing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Spokane Valley Police at 242-TIPS.

Man booked into jail on theft charge

A Spokane Valley man is in the cooler after he tried to steal meat and other items from a Spokane Valley Safeway grocery store last Wednesday.

Lonnie D. Lacy, 20,, allegedly tried to steal $146 of products from the store at Mission Avenue and Argonne Road, said Spokane Valley Police spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan. Lacy had been banned from entering all Safeway properties last January.

Because he had been banned, the charge was second-degree burglary, Reagan said.

Lacy was booked into the Spokane County Jail, and a 16-year-old girl with him was cited for third-degree theft.

Police nab suspects in burglary incidents

Two men and a 17-year-old male were arrested on suspicion of burglary Monday night after residents called police to report they had seen people snooping around.

Between 10:20 and 11 p.m. police received two calls in an area near Dishman-Mica Road. A resident on the 10000 block of East 17th Lane told police he chased a man from his garage who was trying to force down the windows of a car, Reagan said in a release.

Just north of there, the second call came from a homeowner who said a man had wandered through his yard on the 1500 block of South Mica Park Drive.

Soon afterward, police found Andrew James Theis, 31, at East Eighth Avenue and Dishman-Mica, Reagan said. Theis matched a description of the man in the garage, and the people who reported the incident were brought in and said Theis was the man they chased from their home.

Police booked Theis into county jail on a count of second-degree burglary and a count of second-degree criminal trespass.

At 11:40 that night, another resident called police, saying two men entered a fenced storage yard near the 4400 block of North Sullivan and left with two white bags of goods she suspected didn’t belong to them.

Police found a tan Volkswagen Jetta, similar to one the caller described, at a gas station on Trent and arrested two suspects the caller later identified as the people she saw.

A 17 year old, whose name was not released, was booked into juvenile detention for second-degree burglary and third-degree driving while license suspended, Reagan said.

Police also arrested Richard W. Tennant, 19, on suspicion of second-degree burglary and outstanding warrants related to obstructing police and vehicle prowling, Reagan said.

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