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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane developer Ron Wells sentenced to 1 year home detention in fraud case

Ron Wells, a developer known for restoration of historic properties, was sentenced to one year home detention for nine felonies involving staged car accidents and money laundering on Wednesday. Wells was also issued a $60,000 fine, which is in addition to the $179,876 he agreed to pay in restitution at his plea hearing in late April.

Spokane developer Ron Wells accused of insurance fraud

Ron Wells, a developer and architect whose decades-long work in Spokane includes renovations of numerous historic buildings, was indicted Wednesday in federal court for allegedly staging a car crash in an attempt to defraud insurance companies.

Shawn Vestal: Hammers ready to swing inside the Ridpath

You might have been forgiven for thinking it would never happen. The storied Ridpath Hotel – a downtown fixture for more than a century – had fallen into such a state since its closure in 2008 that it was reported to the city as unsafe. Transients moved in and out. Garbage piled up inside and in doorways. Graffiti and disrepair became the primary decorative characteristics. It stank.