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Vandals Trash Classic Car Collection

This 1948 Cadillac was just one of several classic cars that were vandalized at the home of Don Martin of Coeur d'Alene. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Don Martin surveyed the damage and could only shake his head in disgust. Late one afternoon last week, he heard what he thought were gunshots on his rural property near Coeur d’Alene. Martin, 87, drove around back to investigate and discovered someone had been smashing the windows, headlights and taillights out of his classic cars. They got to his Volkswagen Karmann Ghias. They got to the ’55 Ford Crestline, the ’59 Cadillac, the ’37 Packard 120. And they shattered the glass of the 1960 four-door Caddy hard top. “It’s a nice car – it was, till they busted the windows,” Martin said. “I was pretty mad. I was mad.” More than two dozen cars were vandalized in all, and the only people he found trespassing on his farm were two boys who had ridden there on their bicycles/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever owned a classic car?

$4K Worth Of Pumpkins Smashed

A pumpkin patch on the South Hill has become the target of vandals. Sometime after 8 p.m. Saturday, someone smashed hundreds of pumpkins in the parking lot of Our Lady of Fatima on 33rd Avenue. “Oh, it's crazy I don't get it,” said Mark Sullivan, a church volunteer. ” I don't understand why someone would do this.” Sullivan said so many pumpkins were smashed the mess created a traffic hazard on 33rd Avenue.  Spokane city street crews spent four hours cleaning up pumpkin pieces. “He had so many pumpkins that he had to leave with his pickup and come back with a dump truck and then he came back with street sweeper, who knows how much tax payer dollars that cost, it's a lot of money,” said Sullivan/Annie Bishop, KXLY. More here.

Question: There's an underlying meanness to this crime that bugs me. I hope they catch the vandal(s) — and penalize him/her to the max. What do you think?

Spokane Hunts Mystery Table Stacker

Using a bucket lift surrounded by caution tape, Miles Cooley of the Spokane Parks Dept. clears the hazard lights lined up on a giant stack of picnic tables at Manito Park Friday. Pranksters have built and left such stacks on at least two occasions this summer, requiring city employees to bring equipment used to prune trees to the site to safely unstack the tables. (Jesse Tinsley, SR)

City workers made an unexpected find while deconstructing the latest mysterious picnic-table pyramid at Manito Park on Friday afternoon. An Urban Forestry crewman discovered a handwritten note addressed to park employees at the top of the stack of 36 tables. The note was signed “SKFS.” It made references to recently constructed table pyramids at Riverfront Park and revealed that four teens are responsible for the latest stacking in Manito. “We heard that our riverfront table pyramids cost $500 each to remove,” the note reads, “yet they only took 4 teens 25 min to assemble sans equiptment! Please stop wasting taxpayer dollars.” The pyramid is the second at Manito this summer and the fourth in Spokane. City workers discovered a larger, nine-level stack of 45 tables Tuesday morning at Riverfront Park/Justin Runquist, SR. More here. (Inset: SR photo of a note found on one of the stacks of picnic tables)

Question: Should Spokane give top priority status to finding individuals responsible for stacking the picnic tables?

Hayden Gated Community Vandalized

Residents of Hayden's gated Forest Hills subdivision awoke Monday to find driveways and light poles tagged with white paint and symbols, including a Nazi swastika, an anarchy symbol, a penis drawing, and threats. Robert Drummond, of 1545 Pebblestone, found the swastika and three other drawings on his driveway. Other houses in the neighborhood were also vandalized and trashcans tipped over. Among the spray-painted threats found in the neighborhood were “Your Dead!” and “Kill U.” Every light pole on Woodstone Drive had a marking of some sort, in white spray paint. David & Norma Alley, who were also victims of the vandalism, said they had had their back fence spray-painted a few months ago. Police have no suspects. All the victims are willing to prosecute the person(s) who is responsible for the vandalism, if found.

Cops: Girls’ Spat Triggered Vandalism

Vandalism investigated as a possible religious hate crime was the result of a dispute between two teenage girls, Spokane police say. Detectives have identified a “potential suspect” and are continuing the investigation, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe. Police were called to the home in the 7000 block of North Cochran about 2 a.m. today, where they found swastikas and foul language had been written on the house, two cars, two trucks and two boats. There were disparaging remarks about Jesus and references to God hating the occupants. A Bible had been set on fire on the porch, according to police/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here.

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INW: Teen Dispute Incites Vandalism

Police are investigating a hate crime against a family living on North Cochran in Spokane. Early this morning, their house was vandalized with foul-laced language, including disparaging remarks about Jesus and references to God hating them. A Bible had been set on fire on the porch, according to police. Story here. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Update (from Meghann Cuniff's Twitter): Just in from Spokane police: vandalism investigated as hate crime resulted from dispute between teenage girls.

Vandals Hit CdA Mexican Food Stand

A Coeur d’Alene taco stand that employees said has been picketed recently by white supremacists was vandalized last week. The owner of Tacos Los Panchos, 2102 N. Fourth St., discovered the vandalism when the trailer opened for business on Feb. 11, said Sgt. Christie Wood, a Coeur d’Alene Police Department spokeswoman. When the employees left, they said the trailer was secure and nothing had been damaged, Wood said. In the morning, they noticed that someone cut the power, propane and heater lines to the trailer — a total of $1,500 worth of damage, Wood said/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

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Kevin: Luna, Et Al, Hold Your Horses

Let’s start where we can agree. Slashing tires and spray painting a pickup truck are flat out wrong. That also goes for planning to confront the elderly mother of an elected official. Here’s where you might not agree with me. I’m not prepared to conclude that these unacceptable acts of vandalism and goonery are all related to politics. And I’m dismayed at those who have rushed to that judgment, for political gain. Amidst a bitter fight over his education reform plan, state schools superintendent Tom Luna has reported both of the above incidents to Nampa police. Now, let’s let the police do their jobs. Meanwhile, I’m going to be sympathetic, but open-minded. Luna is right. Family and personal property should be off-limits, even in heated debate. If these incidents were motivated by politics, then it embodies politics at its ugliest. But we’re still in “if-then” mode/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Kevin that Luna, Gov. Butch Otter, and other education “reform” allies should let the cops do their work in this vandalism case before blaming the IEA for inciting the act?

Semanko Joins Luna Blame Game

Idaho Republican Party State Chairman Norm Semanko, pictured, issued the following statement in response to the recent incidents of harassment toward Superintendent Luna: “This is what happens when you step out and fight against the status quo.  As Idahoans we cannot let these scare tactics win,” said Semanko.   “The Students Come First plan has obviously touched a nerve and rightly so. We know the opposition’s rhetoric and misinformation has gotten us to this point today, and we cannot let these hostile tactics win in the end.  We must do what’s right for Idaho students”/AP, via Betsy Russell's Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Is it just me or is Luna, with gale wind help from Gov. Butch Otter and GOP chairman Norm Semanko, trying to make himself out to be the victim here? Gracious, I once had all four tires of my car slashed at Flathead High in Kalispell, Mont., during a barbershop quartet concert. Now I wonder if you the school union thugs from the Flathead Valley were mad at something I'd written.

Luna Claims Vandalism IEA ‘Thuggery’

A pick-up truck that belongs to to Idaho Department of Education Superintendent Tom Luna is shown outside his Nampa home Tuesday. Vandals slashed two tires and spray-painted the truck of Luna, as the furor over his proposed education reforms appeared to grow uglier. Hearings on the education reforms were expected to continue Tuesday in the Idaho Senate, where the legislation was introduced earlier this month and is now being reworked amid opposition from teachers, parents and some lawmakers. Story by Patrick Orr/Statesman here. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Greg Kreller)

Question: Luna blames the attack on “union thuggery” (Idaho Education Association), despite the clear condemnation of this event by IEA representatives. Should he have made that claim without evidence?

Fireworks Destroys Library Book Drop

The Moscow Public Library hopes to reopen its outdoor book drop shortly before noon today after being temporarily closed due to damage caused by fireworks. The fire was determined Monday to have started when fireworks were placed inside in the book drop, located near the corner of North Jefferson and East Second streets, sometime Sunday night. About 49 library items were destroyed by the fire causing approximately $1,000 in damage, said George Williams, Moscow Public Library access services manager. He said the items were mostly children’s books, a few DVDs and audio books. All of the items, except for one, were owned by the library, he said. Williams said a bin inside the book drop was completely destroyed. Library staff estimate the cost to replace the bin and other parts in the book drop to be about $3,000/Yesenia Amara, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (Daily News photo by Geoff Crimmins)

Question: Did you see anyone do something particularly stupid w/fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend?

Vandal Scratches Handicapped Vet’s Car

Two Sunday ago Kurt and his wife went to the Chili’s Restaurant in Hayden, parked in a handicapped spot and walked inside to eat. An hour later they came out to find Kurt’s car had a nice scratch across the hood. Then he saw the note, tucked under his windshield wipers. “[It] said that they thought I was too mobile to be issued a handicapped placard and that I should be ashamed of myself.” “I read the note and that made me mad,” he said. The Coeur d’Alene Police have the note and is now investigating the vandalism done to Kurt’s car/McKay Allen, KXLY. More here (including video).

Question: Rather than vandalize a handicapped veterans vehicle, what should the creep behind this crime have done?

Vandals Attack Bryan Public Art

Vandals in Coeur d’Alene took the ‘Right to Bear Arms’ way too literally recently when someone used a saw to cut a wooden Grizzly Bear statue off at the ankles at a neighborhood park. Around Coeur d’Alene there are a half dozen wood carved statues including a majestic nine-foot tall Grizzly standing watch at Bryan Field. “Everybody likes it, I don’t know why somebody would want to cut it down,” neighborhood resident Jean LaForge said/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here.

Question: Which acts of vandalism bug you most?

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