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Man in ‘95 Idaho fraud charged again

Faith Gallinger stands in the kitchen of her North Side bungalow. The contractor has yet to do the $2,500 worth of work she paid for. (SRPhoto/Jesse Tinsley)

Faith Gallinger had long wanted custom cabinets for her early 20th-century home in northeast Spokane. Ronald Glen Stratton seemed perfect for the task – he boasted of being able to do the work for only labor costs because he already had the supplies. But she had to act fast – someone else was looking at the same wood and supplies were limited.

 More than a year and $2,500 later, the old, mismatched cabinets still in her kitchen serve as a reminder of what Gallinger, a 33-year-old pediatric nurse, says was a good but expensive lesson in the risky business of private contracting.

“I wouldn’t just assume that he was trying to scam me,” Gallinger said. “I guess I’m just kind of naive and very trusting. Well, maybe not anymore.”

Worse than a business deal gone bad, detectives and prosecutors allege it was a deliberate crime with at least 12 victims that Stratton (pictured) has been committing for more than a decade.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

Dec. 23, 1995: Stratton sentenced in contractor fraud case

March 15, 1995: Contractor faces criminal charges

Northside constructon trailers looted

Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan:

Someone broke into a pair of construction trailers overnight Wednesday and made off with about $2,200 worth of tools and equipment.

A foreman for Graham Construction told Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Terry Liljenberg that the trailers were parked below new bridges being constructed at Wandermere for the North-South freeway. The break-ins were discovered about 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Thieves stole an Echo chainsaw, a Husquavarna demolition saw, a DeWalt roto-hammer, two 100-foot 220 amp power cords and a Honda 220 amp generator.

The thieves unsuccessfully attempted to break into a third trailer, he said. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Jury rejects claims in fatal crash lawsuit

Dorothy Mullican sat on a courthouse bench and cried Thursday after losing a five-year legal battle to hold someone responsible for her son’s death.

Mullican’s son, Daren Lafayette, 19, was working on a road crew on Sept. 12, 2006, when a truck began rolling downhill toward a car that had two people inside. Lafayette chased down the truck and climbed inside, but could not stop it before it careened over an embankment and exploded.

A Spokane County Superior Court jury absolved the general contractor, N.A. Degerstrom, a brake manufacturer and the worker who installed the brake on the truck.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

June 1: Fatal runaway truck case in hands of jury

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