Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29th

Thanksgiving day 2009, parolee Maurice Clemmons sat down to Thanksgiving dinner with family members and friends.  Upset about a recent arrest for assulting a police officer and child rape, he boasted that he was going to start killing cops  and others, including school children.  He had recently been released from jail after posting $150,000 bail.   Hearing these threats,  sadly none of those people at the dinner table that day bothered to call the police and let them know about this discussion.  Maurice who came from a large family had been in and out of trouble since he was 17 years old. That day at the dinner table he talked of the guns he had stockpiled and even danced around at  one point brandishing two guns that he had with him.

Sunday morning, November 29, 2009.....four Lakewood, Washington police officers were sitting in a Forza Coffee shop before going on duty....discussing their games plans for their day.  It was a common practice for officers to meet at this coffee shop, to confer with each other regrading on-going cases, etc.  While they sat there, Maurice Clemmons had driven to the home of  Darcus Allen, a paroled murderer that Clemmons met while imprisioned in Arkansas.  Together they happened to drive past the Forza Coffee  shop and Clemmons noticed the 4 marked Lakewood Police vehicles parked there.  They drove by a couple more times and then pulled into a car washing facility across from the coffee shop.  While Darcus Allen stayed with their vehicle, Maurice Clemmons (armed with guns) walked across the street, entered the coffee shop and shot all for officers execution style.  The other customers in the coffee shop and the two barisatas were not harmed and he did not threaten them.  He was only after the officers.

That day four beloved members of the Lakewood Police Department lost their lives.  In just a few moments the lives of their families and friends were  forever changed.  

For those of us who live in changed us too.  I know I will never again see Tina come cruising thru the mobile home park, where I live.  Never again see her smile and the wave of her hand when I'm out working in my yard.   It seemed we were on her 'beat' and if she was on duty, she would drive thru slowly at least once a day.  

Maurice Clemmons was actually wounded by one of the officers before he died in the doorway of the coffee shop.  Clemmons got to the waiting vehicle and was driven to homes of  various family and friends where he was treated for the gunshot wound, given clean clothes, money and was given refuge. A huge manhunt thru out the Tacoma-Seattle area commenced and early in the morning of December 1st, a Seattle officer noticed what appeared to be an abandoned car, parked with it's hood up.  While he sat in his patrol car, he radioed in the cars information to his station.  As he sat in his car, he noticed a man approaching and soon realized it was Maurice Clemmons. He got out of his car, ordered Clemmons to put his hands up.  But instead Clemmons pulled out a gun and was shot and killed by the Seattle officer.   

This last fall the trials began for 7  people who aided Maurice Clemmons.  Some have already been sentenced and others are still awaiting their sentences for their part in that very sad day, November 29, 2009.

Rest in peace Sgt Mark Renninger, Officer Ronald Owens,Officer Tina Griswold & Officer Greg Richards.
Thank you for your service~We miss you!

I would be remiss if I did not mention the other two officers that were killed with-in a two month period of the Lakewood officer shooting.  On Halloween night 2009 Seattle Officer Timothy Brenton was sitting in his patrol car on the side of a street, going over a traffic stop with a rookie officer when a car pulled up along side of them and shot him.  The officer in training was wounded and has since recovered and returned to duty.   Then on December 21, 2009 , here in a rural area of Tacoma  Sheriff Deputy Kent Mundell and his partner responded to an 'unwanted guest ' call.  As they were escorting the man out of the house, he pulled a gun gravely injuring Deputy Mundell, who died a week later and severly wounding his partner.   Deputy Mundell was able to get off enough shots and killed the man before falling wounded to the floor.  The wounded partner, Deputy Nick Hausner,  just returned to duty in the last few months.

May we all remember that daily these people not only put on their uniforms but they put their lives on the line to "Serve and Protect" our communities. And that when they leave their homes each day...they leave behind family and friends who love them.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Left Overs on Black Friday

Depending on what you have left over....take a break from cooking and warm up the left overs. 
Hopefully you still have some pumpkin pie left over for dessert.  
Kick back and relax..........

Friday, November 19, 2010


Chicken (Turkey) Enchilada Casserole

2-3 cups cooked, diced chicken or turkey
1 cup chopped onion
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can chicken broth
1 cup chopped green chilies (mild, medium or hot)
1 can diced or stewed tomatoes
¼ cup salsa (mild, medium or hot)
1 can sliced olives (optional)
1 small carton of sour cream
12-15 corn tortillas torn into pieces
½  pound grated cheese

Mix all ingredients together except grated cheese.  Pour into a 9' x 11' baking pan.  Smooth mixture out and top with grated cheese. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. 

This is a great way to use up that left over turkey that you're going to have over the holidays. 

Friday, November 12, 2010


Baked Bean Quickie

1 pound ground beef
¼ cup chopped green pepper
½ cup minced onion
½ cup diced celery (or celery salt)
8 ounce can of tomato sauce
½ cup water
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
½ cup brown sugar
2 cans pork & beans
garlic salt to flavor

After frying ground beef, drain grease and set aside.  Saute onion, green pepper & celery until tender.  Put all ingredients into an oven proof casserole dish and bake 45 minutes to 1 hour at 375 degrees.  This amount will serve 4-5 people.  This is very good left over & warmed up the next day.

NOTE~I use dried minced onion & dried green pepper flakes, especially when they are so expensive to buy fresh.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010


Taco Soup
½ pound ground beef
¼ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped green pepper
8 ounce can tomato sauce
1½ cup water
16 ounce can stewed or diced tomatoes
16 ounce kidney beans
1 envelope of taco seasoning
grated cheese & crumbled corn chips for topping

Brown the ground beef & onion then drain the fat.  Add water, green pepper, tomatoes, undrained kidney beans, tomato sauce & taco seasoning.  (I only use about ½ a package).  Simmer for at least 45-60 minutes.  Serve hot soup in bowls topped with grated cheese & crumbled corn chips.  You can also use sour cream as part of the topping.