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[February 14, 2013]

Liberty Lake police: Teenagers face possession charges

Feb 14, 2013 (The Spokesman-Review - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A group of teenagers attracted the attention of a Liberty Lake police officer just after midnight on Saturday.

The officer was driving by Liberty Lake Elementary School and saw a car driving through the parking lot with its lights off, said Police Chief Brian Asmus. He stopped the car full of teenagers and immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana, said Asmus. The driver reportedly told the officer that they had been smoking the drug and that there was a bong on the floor of the car.

The officer asked what they were doing at the school. "They said they were there to use the bathroom before they went to Taco Bell for some food," Asmus said.

Two boys -- ages 16 and 17 -- were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 41-year-old Liberty Lake woman was arrested Saturday afternoon in the 1300 block of North Simpson Road for domestic violence assault and malicious mischief. Police were called on the report of a physical fight between a husband and wife. An investigation determined that the woman threw food at her husband and threw a glass bowl on the floor and broke it before hitting her husband and biting his ear, Asmus said.

Other arrests during the week of Feb. 4-11 included eight for driving with a suspended license and one for minor operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol coupled with a charge of driving with a suspended license. A Spokane Valley man was arrested Feb. 5 for violation of a domestic violence no-contact order.

A person walking by MeadowWood Golf Course called police the morning of Feb. 4 to report damage on the eighth fairway consistent with a car spinning doughnuts in the grass. Officers began talking to neighboring residents and found a neighbor with cellphone video of the incident, which apparently happened more than a month ago, Asmus said. The video quality was poor and police could only determine that it was an older Ford Bronco. "All you could see was basically the headlights spinning around," he said.

The department is conducting an investigation into a death in the 1400 block of North Aladdin Road after a 50-year-old man was found dead in his home by a family member. The man didn't have any known medical conditions and there were no signs of violence, Asmus said. Investigators are awaiting autopsy results.

During the week officers handed out six citations for license and plates required, seven for failure to show proof of liability insurance, five for speeding and two for use of a cellphone. Additional citations were given for attachment of plate to vehicle, driving without a license without identification, defective muffler and failure to use a child restraint.

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