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Feds Hunt Fourth Man In Bombings Explosives Found In Idaho Cabin

Tue., Oct. 22, 1996

FBI agents investigating the Spokane Valley bombings and bank robberies are looking for a man who lives in a tiny shack near Sandpoint where bombs were found.

Court documents identify the man as Rick Glass, who lives near three other men in jail on charges related to April and July bombings and bank robberies in the Spokane Valley.

Glass’ age and whereabouts aren’t known, but there’s evidence suggesting he’s hiding from authorities.

He lives in a 12-by-16-foot one-room cabin, built on concrete blocks at the end of a dirt road off Rapid Lightning Creek Road northeast of Sandpoint, court records say.

Approximately 15 antennae adorn the roof of the cabin owned by Glass, who is called “Radio Rick,” according to court documents.

The cabin was searched by FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents Oct. 11.

Inside, agents found a wooden box of homemade explosive devices and what is described as a suspected “electrical explosive device.”

Agents also seized seven firearms, a silencer, a large quantity of black and smokeless powder and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, court documents say.

Agents also discovered the same type of detonator cord used to ignite bombs that exploded April 1 and July 12 at offices of U.S. Bank, The Spokesman-Review and Planned Parenthood.

An inventory of items seized was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Spokane.

FBI officials in Spokane weren’t available to comment, but sources confirmed Glass is wanted for questioning.

Glass has not been charged with any crimes, but it is illegal to possess some of the items found in his cabin.

In the past, Glass’ name surfaced when Bonner County, Idaho, sheriff’s deputies and the FBI were investigating the theft of government radio transmitters.

He also is known to be an associate of Charles Barbee, Robert Berry and Jay Merrell. Each of the three is charged with nine federal crimes relating to the Valley bombings and bank robberies.

Glass also is known as Rick Glase and Rick Galse, the court documents say.

He is believed to be one of at least three other suspects being sought for questioning by the FBI and the ATF.

Authorities also are looking for a white woman, about 25, with blue eyes, long blond hair and tattoos on both forearms. Her connection to the investigation has not been disclosed by authorities, who will say only that she is “a person of interest.”

, DataTimes

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