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Born on the Fourth of July

"It's the best day of the year to have a birthday," wrote Lisa Nunlist. "I've NEVER had to work or go to school on my birthday. People remember it. However, I was a little miffed when I was in Paris one summer. Those slacker French didn't celebrate my birthday until 10 days later!" 

Born on the Fourth of July

When she was young, Janice Whitaker thought the fireworks were in her honor.

"Very self-absorbed, right?"

It wasn't long before she learned the picnics and parades noted the birth of the country. But she was willing to share.

"As a mom of teenagers and adult children, I became disappointed that they would rather be with their friends on the 4th than with their mom who was celebrating another milestone. Oh, well. Welcome to adulthood."

Now she is retired and has become philosophical about the whole thing. "I'm just glad to be alive to celebrate another day of living and I've learned it's not all about me."

100th Birthday Celebration for Washington State Parks tomorrow

To celebrate one hundred years, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to a special birthday party at Riverside State Park tomorrow. The Centennial Celebration at Riverside will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Bowl and Pitcher area of Riverside State Park, 4427 N. Aubrey L. White Parkway, Spokane.

It's hard to believe but the Washington Legislature created the State Board of Park Commissioners on March 19th, 1913, four years before the creation of the National Park System. Today, the Commission manages 117 developed parks and a total of approximately 120,000 acres of park lands – approximately one-third of the land donated by citizens over the years. State parks still receive an estimated 40 million visits a year statewide. 

For such a significant milestone, it's pretty cool Spokane gets to host this event. 

The all-day celebration at Riverside is planned in conjunction with the Riverside State Park Foundation, the Washington State Parks Foundation and a variety of recreational organizations. The day will include family activities, river rafting and demonstrations, recreation vendors, music and more. Food will be available to purchase from area vendors participating in the event. Representatives of the Spokane Tribe will welcome participants to a speaker ceremony beginning at noon on the central stage, featuring local and state officials and Commission representatives. Music performances by bluegrass band Big Red Barn, the Celtic Knots and swing band called 6 Foot Swing, will follow from 2:15 to 6 p.m., as part of the State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program. The arts program performances are supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and presented in partnership with Northwest Heritage Resources. The event day is a State Parks “free” day; Discover Pass is not required to attend.

Washington State Parks celebrates 100 years




















Did you know Washington Legislature created the State Board of Park Commissioners on March 19th, 1913, four years before the creation of the National Park System.?Today, the Commission manages 117 developed parks and a total of approximately 120,000 acres of park lands – approximately one-third of the land donated by citizens over the years. State parks still receive an estimated 40 million visits a year statewide.

To celebrate 100 years, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to a day of family outdoor fun in June at Riverside State Park in Spokane. The Centennial Celebration at Riverside will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8th, in the Bowl and Pitcher area of Riverside State Park, 4427 N. Aubrey L. White Parkway, Spokane.

The all-day celebration at Riverside is planned in conjunction with the Riverside State Park Foundation, the Washington State Parks Foundation and a variety of recreational organizations. The day will include family activities, river rafting and demonstrations, recreation vendors, music and more. Food will be available to purchase from area vendors participating in the event. Representatives of the Spokane Tribe will welcome participants to a speaker ceremony beginning at noon on the central stage, featuring local and state officials and Commission representatives. Music performances by bluegrass band Big Red Barn, the Celtic Knots and swing band called 6 Foot Swing, will follow from 2:15 to 6 p.m., as part of the State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program. The arts program performances are supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and presented in partnership with Northwest Heritage Resources. The event day is a State Parks “free” day; Discover Pass is not required to attend.

His mom is looking out for him already

A pregnant colleague weighing the possibility of giving birth on Valentine's Day said she hoped it didn't happen.

Why?

Well, she said, she didn't really think it would be fair for her son to have to worry about meeting emotionally erratic girlfriends' V-Day expectations on his own birthday  

Re: Groundhog Day birthdays

The Slice had asked about that and will have a follow-up on Saturday.

Meantime, here's this.

"The due date for my first child was Groundhog Day and I would joke that during delivery she would probably stick her head out, change her mind and duck back inside," wrote Jill Wakeling.

"I actually went into labor on my due date but my daughter, Molly, took her time and was delivered at 1:11 a.m. on February 3rd.  She will be 22 this weekend. So glad I don't have to keep reliving my 23-hour delivery like the repeating day in 'Groundhog Day.' "

It’s the late Robert Goulet’s birthday

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Can you identify the scene above?  

Happy 3rd birthday, Sirens & Gavels!

Grab the party hats and get your game face on - Saturday is Sirens & Gavels' 3rd birthday.

Some of you may already be planning epic celebrations, but for those of you I caught off guard, I apologize.

The idea behind this blog was simple - a devil-worshipping sex offender called me upset that a commenter said he was not a true member of the Church of Satan. I'd already written an adequate article about the man, and his phone call certanly didn't warant a follow up. But it was too remarkable to ignore.

Since then, this blog has become a hub for crime and court news in the Inland Northwest and anything else that might pique my interest. Regular readers should expect to see original content each weekday, links to nearly all crime and courts stories on spokesman.com, and weird news from around the world on Friday mornings.

Your praise and criticism is needed and appreciated. I am best reached at meghannc@spokesman.com or (509) 459-5534.

Here's to a great future for Sirens.  Be sure to 'like' the blog on Facebook to show you're a true fan.

Also, follow me on Twitter. #hipster

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March 7: Woman stalked by aggressive turkey

NIBlogs: Happy Birthday, Patty Duke

Kerri Thoreson, of KVNI/Coeur d'Alene Press fame, is kicking herself today for missing an important birthday. Kerri, as most of you know, does a swell job keeping track of most of our birthdays out there. But she forgot Anna Pierce's 65th birthday today. Anna, of course, is better known as Coeur d'Alene actress Patty Duke, who has appeared in all those Social Security PSAs over the past year. Writes Kerri on her Facebook page: "She's now eligible for the benefits herself!"

I've always shied away from cards and gifts that say "Jesus is the reason for the season." Not that there's anything wrong with that saying. I guess I just feel like everybody knows it already. It's the celebration of his birthday after all. I don't need my Christmas cards to remind anyone of that. But over the last few weeks, I've needed reminding myself. I had lost sight of the reason for the season. I was preoccupied with what my kids would like to find under the tree and the fact that I wouldn't be able to buy every single thing on their lists. But the sad thing is, their lists were in my head/A Butterfly Moment. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Dec. 13): 8391/5001

Question: Are you held captive by Christmas gift lists?

Man claims role in Tupac’s murder

NEW YORK (AP) — A hip-hop mogul wanted by federal authorities on drug charges did not orchestrate a plot to ambush rapper Tupac Shakur outside a recording studio in the mid-1990s, his lawyer said Thursday.

The accusations against James Rosemond, owner of Czar Entertainment, were levied online and attributed to convicted killer Dexter Isaac, who is serving a life

 sentence in an unrelated murder-for-hire plot. Isaac says, according to the website AllHipHop.com, that he was paid $2,500 by Rosemond to shoot and rob Shakur.

Shakur (pictured in 1993) was hit five times in the shooting at the Quad Studios in Manhattan in 1994. He survived but was later gunned down in Las Vegas in a slaying that remains unsolved.
 
The mystery surrounding Shakur's death has fueled interest in the smallest of details about his life, as well as the old-school feud between East Coast and West Coast rap that some say contributed to his killing.
 
Isaac stole jewelry off Shakur and handed over a diamond ring to Rosemond after the late-night ambush, the post published Wednesday reads.
 
"I still have the chain that we took that night," he wrote, according to the post.
 
New York City police were investigating the claims, though it's not clear if anyone would face charges, in part because the incident occurred about 17 years ago. Rosemond is wanted by federal authorities in New York on drug charges and as of Thursday remained a fugitive.
 
Erin Mulvey, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration, refused to comment on Isaac and would not give any details on Rosemond.
 
His lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, could not comment about the federal case against his client. But he said the accusations posted online were lies fabricated because Isaac is upset he was outed as a government informant.
 
"This is a guy who is a blood-thirsty killer, trying to work off a life sentence, and for some reason his accusations are taken as fact?" Lichtman asked.
 
The post is rife with bitterness directed at Rosemond.
 
"Now I would like to clear up a few things, because the statute of limitations is over, and no one can be charged, and I'm just plain tired of listening to your lies," according to the post.
 
Isaac was convicted in the 1997 murder-for-hire shooting death of cab driver Waleed Hammouda. The victim's wife, Micheline, offered Isaac property in exchange for killing her husband. She was also convicted.
 
He is serving life in prison and was transferred earlier this year to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn from a prison in Colorado.
 
An employee at the Brooklyn detention center said inmates were not allowed to receive calls and were allowed only approved in-person visits. In order to be approved, a person must first write to the inmate and receive a visitor form.
 
It wasn't clear whether Isaac still had a lawyer, and a call to the website wasn't returned.

Happy 2nd birthday, Sirens & Gavels!

Two years ago today, this blog was born.  

It started with a post about a devil-worshiping sex offender upset that a commenter said he was not a true member of the Church of Satan.

Since then, this blog has become a hub for crime and court news in the Inland Northwest. I also like to throw in interesting Associated Press stories on Friday mornings or if national events of local interest occur.

I enjoy hunting for fun - and not-so-fun - items to put on here and am proud to say readership keeps growing. Your praise and criticism is needed and appreciated. I am best reached at meghannc@spokesman.com or (509) 459-5534.

Here's to a great future for Sirens. (Let's hope the 'terrible twos' thing is just a phase humans go through.)  Be sure to 'like' the blog on Facebook to show you're a true fan.

By the way, I recently received an email from a woman who identifies herself as the devil-worshiping sex offender's ex-wife. Let's just say she agrees with law enforcement's decision to classify him as a sex offender likely to reoffend.

Driver crashes into home day before bday

A woman wanted on a felony warrant in Idaho crashed her car into a northeast Spokane home early today after trying to flee a traffic stop, police said.

Erin R. Cain, who turns 26 on Friday, was booked into jail on eluding and gun charges after officers say they found the convicted felon with a firearm after a pursuit that began when she failed to signal before making a right-hand turn, according to an affidavit filed in Superior Court today.

Cain, alias Erin R. Hardgrove, was driving a white 4-door SUV when she turned onto East Bridgeport Avenue from North Nevada Street, then fled police at speeds of about 60 mph in a 25 mph zone, police said.

Cain tried turning left onto North Pittsburg Street from East Liberty Avenue but collided with a fence and into the north side of a home at 1714 E. Liberty Ave. just after midnight.

She tried running from the crash but was arrested near Liberty and North Madelia Street, police said.

Cain has felony convictions for attempting to elude in 2006, car theft in 2008 and drug possession in 2004. Cain was wanted on a warrant for an alleged probation violation related to the eluding conviction. She told police that’s why she fled, according to the affidavit.

Crime Stoppers targets fugitive birthday girl

The Inland Northwest’s fugitive apprehension organization is offering a reward for a woman celebrating her 26th birthday today - nearly a month after she missed a drug court hearing.

A news release called it “a reward offered to enhance a birthday bash.”

“Crime Stoppers wants to make it special by putting Breanna Lebar behind le bars,” wrote Spokane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Lebar is wanted on eight counts of second-degree possession of stolen property and single counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and theft of a motor vehicle.

Lebar has no criminal convictions, but Crime Stoppers described her arrest record as “horrendous.”

Her current charges come from three cases filed since January. She entered into drug court April 29 but didn’t show up for a hearing May 13.

Lebar last gave 514 N. Barker Road in Spokane Valley as her address.

Anyone with information on her location is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Tipsters don’t have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.