The 11-day siege known as Ruby Ridge became a bookmark in the lives of two Spokane journalists who covered the event before their careers moved in other directions. “I remember going to the Bonners Ferry airport the morning of the second day, as military helicopters and what appeared to be armored personnel carriers were deploying from the airstrip,” recalled former KXLY-TV reporter John Allison, who’s now a Spokane attorney.
At Washington State University, Dale Ford played varsity football, basketball and baseball – an accomplishment that’s almost unheard of today at large universities. Before college, Ford was a standout athlete who played football, basketball and baseball at North Thurston High School near Olympia and was recruited by the University of Washington, Notre Dame and WSU, along with other schools, his brother recalls.
Paralyzed and a wheelchair-user, James Shelly Gant died suddenly from a fast-spreading bacterial infection in early January after complaining about a newly assigned home-health caregiver. The death of the Spokane man was ruled accidental after family members initially were told it may have involved suspicious circumstances, triggering investigations of the caregiver by police and Adult Protective Services.
A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss charges against a 58-year-old Spokane man who is accused of pretending to be paralyzed and successfully collecting $1.5 million in monthly payments from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Senior Judge Justin Quackenbush, however, ordered separate trials for James M. Sebero, who is charged in the Eastern District of Washington and the District of Idaho with federal crimes related to the alleged fraud. It started in the mid-1970s, authorities say, when Sebero claimed he suffered a paralyzing injury while in the Air Force.